Renewable power is likely to generate 2.7 million more jobs in global power generation than the fossil fuels market by 2030, according to a study.

The study, by environmental group Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), urged governments to agree a strong new United Nations pact to combat climate change in December in Copenhagen, partly to safeguard employment, writes Reuters.

According to the report, the switch from coal to renewable electricity generation will not just save billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, but will create 2.7 million more jobs by 2030 than if business was continued as usual.

Under a scenario of ‘business as usual’ as stated by the report, the number of jobs in power generation would fall by about half a million to 8.6 million by 2030, hit by mainly by a decline in the coal sector due to wider mechanisation.