In this part of our series Co-benefits Stories, Aldo Coronel explains how renewables can accelerate the employment opportunities in Mexico. For this series, we have asked energy professionals that have participated in our trainings for their thoughts and experiences on co-benefits of renewable energy in their country.
“The first thing that jumped to my mind was job creation as it has been something I have struggled with since graduating from college. Frankly, opportunities have been scarce and highly sought, since there are a lot of young people like me graduating with degrees relating in some way or another to sustainability.
I believe that if we can create more opportunities in renewable energy generation through private or public investments, we could transition towards a greener economy. Nowadays, here in Mexico we only have a state-owned electricity supplier which reduces alternatives in electricity supply for climate-conscious people. Renewables have a chance of equalising affordable electricity access for everybody while at the same time offering people job opportunities at every level of the economic ladder. These workers can contribute to the improvement of their local climate conditions by reducing their communities’ dependence on GHG emitting power plants, and at the same time being a part of the national economy. This could, eventually, bring more investment to Mexico for further development of renewable energies creating a positive feedback loop.”
Based on insights of the COBENEFITS research group, the Renewables Academy (RENAC) currently conducts trainings in Turkey, Kenya, South Africa and Mexico. Participants learn about co-benefits of renewable energy in climate change mitigation, tools to quantify and communicate social and economic opportunities and policies and instruments to mobilise them.