The energy transition to renewables is changing the world of work by creating a need for new professional figures and offering unprecedented employment opportunities.
In 2017, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Renewable Energy and Jobs 2018, 10.3 million people around the world, 5.3% more than the previous year, had green jobs. In the coming decade, this number could rise to 18 million worldwide. This is the total for new job opportunities created by the green economy, according to the calculations of the World Employment Social Outlook 2018 created by the United Nations’ International Labour Organization.
In light of this, Enel Green Power’s business is focused on the creation of opportunities for employment and community development in the 29 countries where it works.
Sustainability, Innovation and Growth
The abundance of natural resources, the development of new technologies and stable regulatory frameworks have triggered a drop in the cost of renewable energy, to the benefit of today’s and tomorrow’s workers, who see great professional opportunity in sustainability.
Some of these new green jobs concern production processes for goods and services and design, like Energy Managers, who identify innovative solutions to optimize energy costs, and Plant Managers, who preside over and organize daily operations in production plants.
The future will also depend on digitalization and Big Data, which have extended the scope of activities and allow for increased operational efficiency by reducing costs and times.
The role of Data Scientist gains importance every day, considering that companies are relying more and more on Big Data, Analytics and Cloud Technologies, Automation and Machine Learning as they make key business decisions.
The Cloud Architect helps manage the process of the corporate digital transformation, designing and building cloud environments that adapt as much as possible to the development needs of a business.
A Date with the Future of Energy in Italy and Africa
Italy is playing a leading role in green jobs. There are many opportunities for young people preparing for the world of work.
The latest 2018 GreenItaly Report, issued by Symbola and Unioncamere, predicted 10% growth for all green professions, with a percentage of up to 15% in the case of manufacturing alone.
In Italy, Enel Green Power manages more than 500 hydropower plants, most built in the 1950s and 60s, when energy from water was one of the drivers of the economic boom.
In the 50 years of our dams, awareness and interest has grown in innovative management procedures, geared toward proactive and predictive maintenance able to ensure a high level of reliability and safety at the plants.
On 19 February, in the Aula Magna of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna, the first Open Day on Dams 2019 will be held. It’ll be a workshop on the design, management and maintenance of leveeing works organized by the Italian National Committee for Large Dams (ITCOLD), the Young Engineers Forum (YEF), the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), the Order of Engineers of the Province of Bologna, which will see the participation of Enel Green Power.
The event is a valuable chance to introduce recent graduates and engineering students to issues in the hydropower sector, such as the design of new dams, the supervisory activities of the General Directorate for Dams, responsible engineering, daily activities of dam and reservoir management, seismic checks and hydrologic revaluations.
In Africa, too, EGP is committed to the education of young talent, through the Open Africa Power project. The second edition of the project started in January in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
The goal is to create a new generation of leaders in the continent’s energy sector, providing high-profile training to graduates and combining vertical disciplinary knowledge in the energy field, from technical and regulatory aspects to more strictly operational issues.
Enel Green Power brings its green energy around the world and has long been committed to the promotion of the green economy, a new development paradigm based on the close relationship between environment and economics.
This commitment goes along with technological innovation, sustainable development, energy efficiency and contribution to development and job growth.