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The input-output methodology has been used to quantify the socio-economic effects on variables such as employment, value-added and imports of renewable energy technologies in Southern Mediterranean countries. The wind and biomass projects are estimated to generate approximately 90 jobs per year by every million Ecu of total investment whereas the photovoltaic (PV) projects create around half that figure, primarily due to the cost of importing PV panels. For the wind and PV projects the generated employment is mainly industrial, with the service sector also absorbing a significant proportion of the total employment. Industry, services and building sectors have a similar share of total employment in the biomass plant. The sectoral structure of the generated value-added is mainly concentrated in the industrial sector in the three kinds of renewable energy technology.

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Authors: CISCAR-MARTINEZ J-C, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18057 EN (1998) 31pp.
Availability: Available from CCR Ispra - Servizio Pubblicazioni
Record Number: 199910086 / Last updated on: 1999-02-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en