Initial fuel-efficiency standards issued by the Obama administration spurred clean tech research, development, and production sectors leading to the creation of 150,000 jobs—119,000 of which were created in the last two years alone—a recent report released by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the National Wildlife Federation, and the Automotive Workers Union found. Jobs were created in over 504 facilities across 43 states and the District of Columbia.
The new standards created jobs largely via suppliers of the automotive industry, who were prompted to innovate and invest in clean energy technology. Suppliers account for 60% of the jobs in the auto industry.
The report comes shortly after an unveiling by the Obama Administration of the second wave of fuel-economy standards that require a fleet-wide average of 54.5 mpg for vehicles under the model years of 2017 – 2025. Such standards, the report concludes, “will inform the need for continued innovation, especially in hybrid and plug-in electric-drive technologies, where U.S.-based manufacturing is just starting to gain a foothold.”
A separate, earlier report by the NRDC concluded that the 2017 – 2025 standards will likewise net another 150,000 jobs in addition to those already created by the earlier standards.