The event started with the high-level launch of a special edition of IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, developed in cooperation with the International Labour Organisation. The 2021 edition discusses the complex impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and considers job trends by major technology and by geography, highlighting experiences in selected countries. The report expands on the scope of earlier editions, by bringing together key analysis from IRENA and ILO on jobs and energy transition. This includes results for the future of energy jobs for 2030 and 2050 under different scenarios, occupational profiles, education and skills training needs as well as the required holistic policy frameworks for just and inclusive energy transitions.
The launch took place in the context of the second meeting of the collaborative framework. Following the launch, IRENA Members discussed the proposed focus areas and next steps for the collaborative framework.