Wind turbines at windmill farm

Wind power could fuel 20 per cent of global electricity by 2030, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has estimated in its biennial Global Wind Energy Outlook. The council noted that the Paris agreement is coming into force, countries need to get serious about what they committed to last December. Meeting the Paris targets means a completely decarbonized electricity supply well before 2050, and wind power will play the major role in that. By 2030 wind power could reach 2,110 GW, and supply up to 20 per cent of global electricity, creating 2.4 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3.3 billion tonnes per year, and attracting annual investment of about €200 billion. Wind power is the most competitive option for adding new capacity to the grid in a growing number of markets, the council said. According to GWEC, decarbonizing the global energy system includes the transport sector as a major emitter of carbon. The market for electric mobility will continue to grow significantly and with this electricity demand for the transport sector. Wind power is in a pole position to supply this future power demand making the wind industry one of the key industries of the energy sector, said the GWEC report.

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