State of industry
The year 2015 was an extraordinary one for renewable energy, with the largest global capacity additions seen to date, although challenges remain, particularly beyond the power sector. The year saw several developments that all have a bearing on renewable energy, including a dramatic declin in global fossil fuel prices; a significant increase in attention to energy storage; and a historic climate agreement in Paris that brought together the global community.
Renewable energy provided an estimated 19.2% of global final energy consumption in 2014, and growth in capacity and generation continued in 2015.
An estimated 147 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity was added in 2015, the largest annual increase ever, while renewable heat capacity increased by around 38 gigawatts- thermal (GW th ), and total biofuels production also rose. This growth occurred despite tumbling global prices for all fossil fuels, ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and other challenges facing renewables, including the integration of rising shares of renewable generation, policy and political instability, regulatory barriers and fiscal constraints.
Employment in the renewable energy sector (not including large-scale hydropower) increased in 2015 to an estimated 8.1 million jobs (direct and indirect). Solar PV and biofuels provided the largest numbers of renewable energy jobs. Large- scale hydropower accounted for an additional 1.3 million direct jobs. Considering all renewable energy technologies, the leading employers in 2015 were China, Brazil, the United States and India.
Present forecasts predict that renewable energies will lead the energy market by 2035. Already Nordic countries and Europe have begun to shift their energy dependence to renewable energy sources. Countries such as Iceland and Norway are already nearly 100% free of dependence on non-renewable energy supplies. Worldwide demand is strong thanks to global climate negotiations and developing economies.
Renewables are the hottest ticket in energy in 2016, with a growing number of graduates specializing already in these fields. Universities struggle to keep up with the demand for these professionals and many need continued training after graduation. Further, candidates with solid engineering or leadership foundations can benefit from continued training to make them a better fit for your firm. We identify those candidates that are ready for you now and focus on those who are adaptable and committed to staying on the forefront of knowledge within the field so they can remain assets to you in the future.
Companies need candidate skilled the latest methods and processes – for this we screen candidates for those who already hold these skills. Those with related backgrounds are viewed holistically as to how they can create value for your firm. Candidates need to develop skills to thrive in a collaborative environment.
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