The additional 470 GW of wind capacity forecasted through 2025 could create more than 3.3 million direct jobs in a dynamic supply chain around the world
The world’s leading wind energy countries are home to hundreds of thousands of direct jobs in the wind industry. As of 2020, there were approximately 550,000 wind energy workers in China, 260,00 in Brazil, 115,000 in the US and 63,000 in India, according to a global survey by GWEC Market Intelligence.
Green recovery actions which accelerate the deployment for wind power projects can unlock jobs in the transport, installation and commissioning segments.
Deploying 6 TW of wind power by 2050 would mitigate 6.3 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions annually and generate huge cost savings in healthcare, infrastructure, social welfare, and system resilience.
Offshore wind in particular offers a a response to labour market disruptions from the energy transition such as dislocation of jobs for offshore oil and gas and marine engineering workers.
Investment in renewable energy creates more jobs than equivalent investment in fossil fuels. As policymakers consider best “value for money” in their economic stimulus packages, they should recognise the socioeconomic benefits and value creation stemming from the expansion of the global wind industry.