IRENA Chief on US Renewables and Trump — ‘Wait-and-See’

The head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is taking a wait-and-see approach on Donald Trump’s actions on climate change, but has stressed that the clean energy sector in the U.S. is a business case too powerful to ignore.

Adnan Z. Amin said last week that “from a business perspective, renewable energy is a good investment”.

At a press briefing at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, he said that globally there were 9.4 million people working in the renewables industry, with the greatest proportion in China, and in the US there were 400,000 employed in the sector, compared with 85,000 in the coal industry.

And he added that “a lot of U.S. states with Republican leadership are making a lot of money from renewable energy.”


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Kelvin Ross is Editor of Power Engineering International magazine and its associated publications – Middle East Energy and the Global Power Review . Previously, Kelvin was News Editor at UK online news site Energy Live News, Production Editor and Head of Design on daily international shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, Deputy Editor for a group of weekly London newspapers and has worked as a freelance sub-editor on UK national newspapers.

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