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Nigeria: Renewable energy'll create millions of jobs - experts

Nigeria: Renewable energy'll create millions of jobs - experts(By Abimbola Akosile via AllAfrica.com)Lagos — Greater investment in renewable energy by countries all over the

world would create much-needed jobs in this period of rising unemployment,

experts have said.The suggestion was made by the Director-General of the United Nations

Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Kandeh Yumkella, and the

chairman of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra K.

Pachauri.The duo, according to AP reports, spoke at the start of a conference in

Vienna, Austria, about energy issues in the context of the current global

economic crisis.Nigeria is currently seeking ways of boosting its energy sources, through

alternative means like gas, solar, and wind energy; in a bid to generate

enough energy to revive her industrial sector and improve the lives of the

citizens through power generation.Both Yumkella and Pachauri stressed that 1.6 billion people around the

world still do not have access to electricity and that reversing this

phenomenon should be a key priority for policy makers in all countries."On a global scale, 2.3 million people have found jobs in the renewable

energy sector over the past few years even though only about 2 percent of

worldwide primary energy flows from this sector," Yumkella said. "So you

can imagine with more investments in renewable energy how much more jobs we

can create."Pachauri, whose team shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, said

the global economy needed to be restructured in such a way that problems of

the past could be avoided going forwarded."And what better way than to ensure that you bring about higher energy

efficiency, which will generate a totally new sector of employment?" he

said. "What better way than to move toward greater use of renewable energy,

which will also generate a lot of jobs and give you a sustainable solution

for the future?"Pachauri is also the Director-General of the India-based The Energy and

Resources Institute (TERI)."In today's 21st century, there must be climate justice but also energy

justice so that we all - all of us - can enjoy the prosperities of

globalisation," said Yumkella, a former minister of trade, industry and

state enterprises in his native Sierra Leone.The three-day conference organised by UNIDO, the Austrian Development

Cooperation, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and

the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, is expected to draw some 500

experts, government officials and civil society representatives.For the latest green jobs in renewable energy across Africa and globally

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