While the EU has been working hard to prepare the Fit for 55 package that should put the EU back on track to reach its newly adopted 2030 climate targets, with a new headline figure of -55% of greenhouse gases emissions, EuropeOn has endeavoured to study the impact of strong climate targets on employment in the electrical contracting sector. This package includes revised Directives for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, as well as a new Regulation on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure. These measures will further push clean energy technologies, often the result of electrification of previously fossil end-uses. A successful implementation of sound climate measures stands to provide massive and local growth through the electrical contracting sector and its current 1.8 million workers across Europe.
EuropeOn recently released a new report estimating that 383.000 jobs can be created between now and 2030 by deploying 3 key prosumer technologies: rooftop solar, prosumer batteries and electric vehicle charging points. It also shows that the EU Renovation Wave stands to create about 270.000 jobs by successfully doubling annual rates of renovations across the EU (the so-called Renovation Wave). While the prosumer and renovations figures may overlap, they do not include indirect jobs and only pertain to jobs for electrical contractors and come on top of the 1.8 million professionals already active in this sector.
In its new report ““, EuropeOn calls on EU policymakers to harness the revision of key legislation in the Fit for 55 package to unlock this job potential and drive growth in the green economy. With the Green Deal objectives and the need for a green recovery, Europe is on the verge of a turning point and must #ElectrifyNow to reach both climate and economic objectives in a timely and competitive manner.
National policymakers will also have a key role to play to ensure that the relevant workforce is sufficiently available to deploy electrified technologies and invest in up- and re-skilling strategies to equip professionals with the green and digital skills needed to handle the most advanced clean energy technologies.
Julie Beaufils, EuropeOn Secretary General said: “Electrification jobs are not a quick fix but rather an all-round no-regret solution enabling European decision makers to stimulate employment while reaching our climate objectives. The EU now has an unprecedented opportunity to head in the right direction by giving the adequate support for end-use electrification through its Fit for 55 package. Strong commitments in this regard will provide the visibility and assurance electrical SMEs across Europe need to thrive and foster European leadership in the energy transition.”