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Renewable energy supported more than 27,000 Scotland jobs in 2020

October 05, 2022

Scotland’s renewable energy industry and its supply chain supported more than 27,000 full time equivalent jobs in 2020, new figures show.

The industry also generated £5.6bn (€6.4bn) of output, according to the latest figures Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute.

It found that onshore wind supported the most employment across the economy, with 10,120 full time equivalent (FTE) roles, followed by offshore wind (6,735 roles) and hydropower (4,395).

Including spill-over impacts, economic activity stimulated across the wider Scottish economy, onshore wind had the largest output, generating nearly £2.5bn, with offshore wind and hydropower both supporting more than £1.1bn output.

The renewable energy sector is not currently defined in national statistics published by either the UK or Scottish Governments, so the size of the sector has been estimated using data published by the Office for National Statistics.

Using the latest available data from 2020, the report assesses the impact of the renewable energy sector and its spill-over impacts on Scotland’s supply chain and economy.

[Staff Report]

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