Over 8.1 million people now work in the renewable energy industry, a 5 percent increase compared to the year before, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The report, titled "Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016", found that in 2015 renewable energy jobs across the world increased, while jobs in the broader energy sector fell.
"The continued job growth in the renewable energy sector is significant because it stands in contrast to trends across the energy sector," Adnan Amin, director-general of IRENA, said in a statement Wednesday.
"This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks," Amin added. "We expect this trend to continue as the business case for renewables strengthens and as countries move to achieve their climate targets agreed in Paris."
IRENA's report comes several months after the historic COP21 summit in Paris, where 195 countries agreed to make sure global warming stayed below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.