New data shows clean energy employed more than 8 million people globally in 2015, Google receives an award from AWEA for its leadership in wind energy, and the UK unveils its first solar PV bus stop. Read these stories and more in this week’s roundup.
Global Clean Energy Employment Rose 5 Percent in 2015
A boom in solar and wind power jobs in the United States led the way to a global increase in renewable energy employment to more than 8 million people in 2015, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). More than 769,000 people were employed in renewable energy in the United States in 2015, with jobs in solar and wind growing by more than 20 percent. Across the world, employment in renewable energy grew by 5 percent in last year.
New Solar PV Bus Stop in London is The First in the UK
PolySolar recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first solar photovoltaic system outfitted bus stop in the UK — a 2.8 kilowatt bus stop located in Canary Wharf, in London. The bus stop — equipped with transparent solar-PV glazing — is expected to generate up to 2,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year. The electricity generated by the installation will be used to power infrastructure and smart signs in the area.
Google Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Wind Energy
Google has been making great strides to operate more sustainably, and their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently named the tech giant as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Contributions to Wind Energy award for its leadership in wind energy adoption, which has helped open the market for new wind development and access to low-cost clean power for other emerging customers. Google is the world’s largest non-utility renewable energy buyer, with 16 contracts to buy over 2.2 GW of clean energy and a goal to source 100 percent renewable power.
Climate Business Risk Disclosures are the New Norm
The U.S. Defense Department, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently proposed a new emissions disclosure rule that would require companies with federal contracts to report on their greenhouse gas emissions, efforts and targets to limit such releases and their climate-change related business risks. In a blog post from the White House, representatives said the proposal “sends another clear market signal that there is strong interest for disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risk data.” The rule would affect about 90 percent of all federal contracts, representing more than $400 billion in annual contracting expenditures.