On Global Wind Day, industry tops 1 million jobs
The wind industry was propelled by record growth last year, reflected in a 5 percent increase in employment in the sector, which now employs 1.1 million people.
With June 15 representing Global Wind Day, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) highlights the socio-economic benefits generated by the global wind industry, in addition to supplying clean power, according to a press release. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15: a day for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape energy systems, decarbonize economies, build new industries and create new jobs.
The increase in employment figures is mainly due to strong installation rates in China, the United States and Germany, according to GWEC. New job creation is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. As governments continue to struggle with high unemployment rates in many parts of the world, both the current reality and future potential for employment in the wind industry has become increasingly significant.
"We are getting bigger, better and cheaper,” said Steve Sawyer, GWEC secretary general. “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 $ 110 billion last year."
In the meantime, corporations are increasingly investing in wind energy. Clean energy procurement is standard practice for some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Lego, AT&T, DuPont, General Motors, HP, Sprint, and Walmart.
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