New figures which show the economic reach of Scotland’s renewable energy sector for the first time are have been released by the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute. The statistics show that 22,660 jobs are supported by green energy in Scotland. Onshore wind is Scotland’s biggest renewables employer (8,780 full-time equivalent employment), followed by offshore wind (4,700) and hydropower (3,290). The renewable energy industry, which is now providing the equivalent of 97% of Scotland’s electricity consumption, also supports output of £5.2 billion a year in Scotland. These new figures also show that the renewable energy industry has a large impact on other parts of Scotland’s economy, supporting almost 3,000 jobs in construction and 2,200 jobs in manufacturing.
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Scotland’s renewable energy sector supports £5.2 billion of output annually and more than 22,000 jobs, according to research published today. Analysis by the Fraser of Allander Institute, the economic research unit at the University of Strathclyde, found the sector had a direct turnover of £2.8 billion and the equivalent of 6,440 full-time workers. However, the impact of the renewable energy industry was said to be much wider than that. Along with thousands of jobs in the Scottish supply chain, the researchers noted significant numbers of people employed in manufacturing and construction who worked on renewables projects.
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