Algeria: Renewable energy development program to create 200,000 jobs
25 January 2011
The government of Algeria is to set up a program comprising 65 renewable energy generation infrastructure projects across the country.
This program, which will shortly be presented to the government, should create 100,000 jobs in the domain of national production and 100,000 in exportation, Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi told the newspaper El Moudjahid last week.
The project will allow the generation of 2,600 megawatts of electricity by 2020.
Last Monday, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called on the international community to start a global clean energy revolution, reports a UN press release.
"Investing in the green economy is not simply a luxury of the developed countries. It also represents an opportunity to create jobs and for economic growth", he explained.
In 20 years, according to UN figures, energy consumption will have increased by 40 percent in most developing countries.