Authors: Galyna Trypolska
Addresses: Institute for Economics and Forecasting, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Abstract: Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in Ukraine have begun to play an important role in the energy balance. The power-generating installed capacity grew significantly in 2019. Despite this growth, the social impact of renewables in Ukraine is not yet known. The paper aims to assess the impact of jobs in the power and heat sectors that were already in place in Ukraine in 2014-2019 and those in both renewable and conventional energy in 2020-2035, should Ukraine follow the energy path defined by the Energy Strategy of Ukraine through 2035. The assessment was made using an employment factors approach. The study finds that in 2014-2019, RES supported 157,000 jobs in Ukraine, of which 92,000 were available in 2019. The number of jobs excluding equipment manufacturing amounted to 94,000 as equipment was manufactured primarily abroad. The Energy Strategy of Ukraine through 2035 is heavily coal-oriented, which contradicts the country's efforts for a greener future.
Keywords: renewable energy; jobs; Ukraine.
International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2021 Vol.43 No.5/6, pp.436 - 457
Received: 20 Jul 2020
Accepted: 23 Sep 2020
Published online: 08 Nov 2021 *