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EID-Employ: Impact Assessment Studies of using RE for electricity generation

The deployment of renewable energy (RE) in energy systems is increasing at an enormous rate, and it is expected to continue at the same rate in the long term. Therefore, the question arises “what are the implications of using RE in power generation and what are the effects of the increasing investments in RE?” Several studies assessing economic impacts of large-scale deployment of RE technologies have been conducted but they vary in scope, depth, methodology, complexity and data quality etc. such that their results are hardly comparable. This is why the International Energy Agency’s Implementing Agreement on Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) would like to facilitate a more structural approach, which will contribute to reliable and consistent insights of employment effects from deployment of renewable energy technologies. Therefore, the IEA-RETD initiated and funded the Economic and Industrial Development (EID)-Employ project. Fraunhofer ISI together with Rütter+Partner Socioeconomic Research+Consulting and Energy Economics Group (Vienna University of Technology) are in charge of this project.

The objective of the EID-Employ project is to

  • provide a better understanding of key parameters and mechanisms that determine/influence the impacts of RE on employment; 

  • review employment impact studies and elaborate guidelines to assess employment impacts. This includes the identification of data sources and other inputs;

  • Objective of guidelines: to get comparable results based on a consistent and homogenous approach; to define impacts or types of impact study; 

  • Target group of guidelines: policy maker and analysts 

  • assess gross employment of RETD countries where data is available by applying the guidelines and document the results of the project 

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