Question: will the energy transition result in more, or less, net employment globally?

Hello everybody. I am opening an online discussion thread on the topic of shifting employment patterns as a result of the transition to lower carbon energy sources, for a future edition of Energy Flux.

Fear of job losses in the coal industry has hindered the transition in countries such as Poland, Germany, Australia and Indonesia. Are these concerns justified? Will China be a net jobs beneficiary as demand for PV cells grows? What about minerals-rich countries that mine materials needed to manufacture EV batteries and wind generators? Is the issue of a ‘just transition’ getting the attention it deserves, both within the EU and further afield?

This EU report from June 2020 concludes that a “solid and coherent method to track employment impacts of the green economic transition is lacking”. Is there a better source of data?

Keen to hear your thoughts!

Thanks,

Seb