Energy Union is proud to announce a new collaboration: The RES Compass project. It is funded by the European Commission (Intelligent Energy Europe program) and aims to increase the number of qualified people available to meet the emerging demand for renewable energy professional in order to help ensure the success of renewable energy across Europe.
According to a recent study “Re-thinking 2050” by Energy Union partners EREC a lot of new jobs would be possible if the pathway of the study is followed: “The renewable energy sector will employ a total of more than 2.7 million people in 2020 and about 4.4 million in 2030 in the EU alone. This constitutes an average annual increase of gross employment of 36% and 30% respectively compared to 2009. By 2050, employment in the renewable energy sector is expected to exceed the mark of six million, bringing 6.1 million people into work .”
By the end of 2009, the renewable energy industry employed over 550,000 people in the European Union.
RES Compass' main tool is a multi-language website that offers guidance to pupils and students who may be interested in a career in the Renewable Energy Sector. The site allows the use of a decision tool (the compass) to help direct students. Furthermore the site has over 40 job profiles related to specific careers in the renewable energy sector and also includes a searchable database of over 700 vocational and higher education courses related to Renewable Energy across Europe.
Energy Union will feature RES Compass Information at all future Energy Union Tour Stops.