ISES joins Power for All campaign
Launched on October 31, 2018 at the 4th International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition, IOREC, the Power for All campaign #PoweringJobs strives to build the energy access workforce necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 7: ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Power for All describes their campaign as: A global campaign to create employment-ready workforce to scale distributed renewable energy solutions in emerging economies in Asia and Africa; women and youth are key focus for millions of expected jobs
“#PoweringJobs will focus on ensuring that skills and training are at the center—not the margins—of international and national development policies related to energy access,” said Kristina Skierka, CEO of Power for All. “A much higher level of donor, government and private sector commitment is needed to realize the millions of jobs that achieving SDG7 can create.”
It is estimated by IRENA that off-grid renewables for energy access can create at least 4.5 million jobs by 2030, but little hard data exists on the sector's full jobs potential and impact. Women and the fast-growing youth population will be a key campaign focus in building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce for DRE-related jobs.
#PoweringJobs will conduct an annual energy access jobs survey to understand current employment, job growth trends, and to identify gaps in workforce formation. The survey will eventually provide a global picture of energy access jobs (direct, indirect and induced), and serve as an important tool to attract additional investment in skills building.
The survey will provide the first comprehensive data on energy access jobs, with findings launched in the first half of 2019, timed with a global focus next year on SDG8—Decent Work. It will pay particular attention to the important role of women and youth in delivering energy access and identifying workforce training initiatives that can propel energy access efforts forward will be a key priority.
ISES is proud to join this important initiative to achieve our mission: 100% renewable energy for everyone, used wisely and efficiently.