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Jobs for contractors in renewable energy projects in Europe set for growth

The 2020 targets have been put in place to reduce carbon emissions and to increase the proportion of total energy consumption generated from renewable resources. 

A number of major European countries like the UK, Netherlands and France are falling further behind their targets for renewable energy consumption:

&middot         The UK’s consumption of renewable energy resources only amounts to 4.2% of its total energy consumption, which is behind its target for 2020 of 15%.

&middot         The Netherland’s consumption of renewable energy resources amounts to just 4.5% of its total energy consumption, which is far behind its target for 2020 of 16%.

&middot         France’s consumption of renewable energy resources amounts to 13.4% of its total energy consumption with a 2020 target of 23%.

Expansion of the renewable energy industry looks likely to continue as European countries aim to reach their 2020 targets, despite European governments taking a closer look at subsidies for renewable energy, says Procorre.

Procorre adds that estimates from the European Commission suggest that reaching the 20% renewable energy target, set for the EU, would create over 400,000 jobs over a nine year period (2011 - 2020)

Lisa Mangan, relationship manager at Procorre, commented, “As new technologies are developed, the use of resources, such as biomass, is becoming more efficient and economically viable.”

“I would expect to see huge growth in the number of new roles for contractors in this area throughout Europe.”

“Politicians have long talked about increased production of renewable energy creating a growth in the jobs market. Contractors throughout Europe are already benefitting from that growth of the renewable energy industry.”

Active jobs market already in place in Scandinavia

Many Northern European countries – particularly in Scandinavia - have invested heavily into the renewable energy industry and are attracting large numbers of international specialist contractors. 65% of Norway’s energy consumption comes from renewable energy resources and 50% in Sweden.

Lisa Mangan says: “With renewable energy resources accounting for such a high proportion of energy consumption in several Scandinavian countries, many contractors are already taking advantage of this relatively mature jobs market.”

“Denmark is aiming to generate 100% of its energy from renewable resources by 2050. To do this it will need to increase the amount of day-day jobs in the renewable sector even further. This will cause a huge shift in the energy job market, which contractors are likely to benefit from.”

The countries with the highest percentage of energy consumption from renewable resources are all from Northern Europe*

Country

% Share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption

2020 Target

Norway

64.5

67.5

Sweden

51

49

Finland

34.3

38

Austria

32.1

32.1

Denmark

26

13

However, the countries with the lowest percentage of energy from renewable resources will need to do more to meet their targets

Country

% Share of renewable energy in gross final

energy consumption

2020 Target

UK

4.2

15

Netherlands

4.5

16

Belgium

6.8

13

Ireland

7.2

16

France

13.4

23

*Estimate for 2012, the latest figures available.

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