This study analyses the employment effects of different plans for expanding power generation in India. Four different scenarios are analysed for future development of the power sector in India with varying shares of renewable energy: Business-as-usual (BAU) scenario, which represents India’s climate policy until 2016; Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) scenario, which maps the strategies required to achieve India’s NDCs targets; NDC PLUS (NDC PLUS) scenario, which is a deeper decarbonisation plan above the NDC scenario; and the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) REmap (REmap) scenario, which provides a power sector decarbonisation pathway for India to contribute towards limiting global temperature rise to well below 2° Celsius by 2100. The study presents a value-chain-based approach by developing employment coefficients (full-time-equivalent jobs/MW/year) to analyse the workforce involved at various stages of the entire life cycle of different power generation technologies. The study also provides an initial assessment of the skill requirements, attainment levels and technical training required for India’s present power sector plans and future low-carbon power sector ambitions. The four scenarios assessed considered a consistent timeline between 2020 and 2050.
Key policy message 1: India can significantly boost employment through the power sector by increasing the share of renewables. With the government´s pledge under the NDC to scale up renewables in the country, net employment (measured in full-time employees) can be expected to increase by an additional 30 % by 2030. But there is abundant room to achieve more; by following IRENA’s ambitious REmap pathway, employment through the power sector can be almost doubled.
Key policy message 2: By electrifying the rural areas in the country with distributed renewable energy technologies, such as small hydro, rooftop solar and biomass, the employment impact per installed capacity of these technologies is about 25 times greater than fossil-fuel based power generation.
Key policy message 3: Following the historical development in India’s coal sector, with a shift towards an ambitious decarbonised power sector in India, coal-sector-based employment is expected to decline by about 52 % between 2020 and 2050. This transition, however, needs to be efficiently managed politically to mitigate negative impacts on displaced workers and communities.
Year of publication: 2019
Editors: David Jacobs, Ayodeji Okunlola, Laura Nagel, Sebastian Helgenberger and Arunima
Hakhu – IET, IASS and TERI
Technical implementation: Neeraj Kuldeep, Poonam Nagar Koti, Arjun Dutt, Tanmay Bishnoi,
and Abhishek Dalal — Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Skill Council for
Green Jobs (SCGJ), India
Suggested citation: IASS/TERI. Future skills and job creation with renewable energy in India. Assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector. Potsdam/New Delhi: IASS/TERI, 2019.
This study is part of a 2019 series of three studies assessing the co-benefits of decarbonising the power sector in India, edited by IASS, IET, TERI and UfU: