New analysis by the Global Wind Energy Council (“GWEC”) shows that 3.3 million new wind power jobs can be created globally over the next five years thanks to major industry expansion. This figure includes direct jobs in both onshore and offshore wind, and covers the entire value chain of the sector: project planning and development; manufacturing; installation; operation and maintenance (O&M); and decommissioning.
Wind Power: A cornerstone of Green Recovery
Re-building Better for a More Sustainable and Resilient Future.
The COVID-19 crisis is one of the worst health and economic emergencies that the world has witnessed in the past century. As the pandemic forced countries into lockdown, the urgency to secure jobs and safeguard economic activity threatens to overshadow the looming climate emergency. Impacts of COVID-19 resulted in an 8% CO2 emissions reduction in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. But research has shown that emissions have already returned to pre-COVID levels in many markets, and we remain on a dangerous trajectory towards around 3°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels.
The current crisis offers a unique window of opportunity to put the world on a sustainable trajectory and meet our international climate goals, but we must act now or we will miss the opportunity.
Global Wind Industry Statement on Green Recovery
In May 2020, the global wind industry, representing 98% of the total global wind power installed capacity, published a statement highlighting how wind power can support a green recovery, and outlining key policy recommendations to maximise the socioeconomic benefits of wind power across the world.
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GWEC forecasts 355 GW of new wind capacity could be installed worldwide over the next five years, which could generate 2.4 million years of full-time employment.
At least 140 GW of the forecast pipeline comprises “shovel-ready” projects, offering near-term potential for job creation in construction, transport, installation and grid connection.
Studies show that $1 spent on renewables generates 7.5 jobs, versus the 2.7 jobs generated by $1 spent on fossil fuels.
GWEC Market Intelligence expects that thanks to continued growth 900,000 jobs will be created in the offshore wind industry over the next decade
How can wind energy support a #GreenRecovery?
A robust policy framework is key to accelerating wind power growth at the necessary levels to meet Paris-compliant decarbonisation scenarios. Policy is also critical to realising the environmental and socioeconomic benefits of wind power, including job creation, local investment, development of critical infrastructure, public health savings, energy security and much more.
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In addition to providing affordable, clean and zero-carbon electricity, wind energy has the capacity to bring tremendous socioeconomic benefits to local communities. Large-scale onshore and offshore wind projects generate sustainable jobs which require a variety of skills, across the full value chain of the sector.
Offshore wind will have a prominent role in India’s energy transition. As the world’s third-largest producer and fourth-largest consumer of electricity, India’s energy demand is forecast to grow between 6-7% year-on-year over the next decade. Current government initiatives like 24*7 Power for All, Make in India, Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) and the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency are aiming to create secure and low-carbon energy systems. This will in turn require a large-scale and reliable renewable energy supply.
Leading wind energy corporates and associations from around the world have today launched the Global Wind Energy Coalition for COP26. Convened by the Global Wind Energy Council (“GWEC”), the voice of the global wind industry and RenewableUK (“RUK”), the wind energy trade association for the UK, the Global Wind Energy Coalition will carry out a series of activities to help governments, economies and communities to raise ambition and remove barriers to the massive scaling up in investments in wind power in order to reach Net Zero targets and stop dangerous global warming.
2020 was the best year in history for the global wind industry with 93 GW of new capacity installed – a 53 per cent year-on-year increase – but a new report published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) warns that this growth is not sufficient to ensure the world achieves net zero by 2050.
In this special edition of GWEC’s 16th annual flagship report ahead of the crucial COP26 conference in November 2021, the Global Wind Report 2021 highlights wind power’s role on the road to net zero.
2020 was the best year in history for the global wind industry with 93 GW of new capacity installed – a 53 per cent year-on-year increase – but this growth is not sufficient to ensure the world achieves net zero by 2050. The world needs to be installing wind power three times faster over the next decade in order to stay on a net zero pathway and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
In March 2021, GWEC and GWNET submitted a statement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program.
Over the last two years, national policy reforms have eroded the investment environment in Mexico for renewable energy. But the latest proposal to reverse key parts of the Electricity Act, Ley de la Industria Eléctrica (LIE), poses an unequivocal threat to all local and foreign private sector investment into Mexico’s formerly robust renewable energy market.
Today, Women in Wind joins the global community in celebrating #WomeninScience, under the slogan “the world needs science, and science needs women and girls.” Following another record growth year for wind power in 2020, the wind industry has demonstrated its potential to support green jobs creation across its value chain, including a wide range of exciting career opportunities for STEM professionals.