The wind industry hailed record growth and more than a million people employed around the world as it marked Global Wind Day, the sector’s annual celebration of its achievements.
Worldwide industry body the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said a 5% growth in jobs last year to 1.1 million was a powerful symbol of the economic and social benefits the industry is now delivering around the world.
The jobs growth spanned continents, led by strong installation levels in the US, China and Germany, GWEC pointed out.
Secretary general Steve Sawyer said: “We are getting bigger, better and cheaper. The wind industry has witnessed record growth in recent years which not only helps the world to meet the climate goals agreed in Paris but also generates much needed new jobs and boosts local economies, to the tune of about $110bn last year.”