Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council have released a report into the impact of switching to renewable on employment.

According to the report, called Working for the Climate, switching to renewable forms of electricity and phasing out coal would create 2.7 million additional new jobs.

The report concludes that a total of 11.3 million people could be working in the electricity sector and related businesses by 2030 if fossils fuels were phased out in favour of renewable energy. Without those changes, 8.6 million people would be working in the electricity sector.

The report says that the coal industry, which currently employs about 4.7 million people globally, will contract by 1.4 million jobs even without proposed wsitch to renewables.