Wind energy contributes to European growth
In 2019, there were 300,000 jobs in wind energy in Europe.
75%of them are related to onshore wind farms and25% to offshore wind farms.
The European wind industry has an annual turnover of EUR 60 billion.
65% of this adds value to the EU economy. Thus, the revenue of € 1,000 remains at € 650EU and contributes to taxes and GDP.
The remaining € 350goes to companies supplying materials and equipment from outside the EU – including European companies abroad.
Each new GW installed on land brings € 2.5 billion into the European Union’s economy.
Each new GW installed at sea brings in 2.1 billioneuros.
Europe is the flagship of wind technology
European wind turbine manufacturers account for 42% of the global market share of wind turbines.
Ten years ago, the share was 33%.
Of the world’s ten largest turbine manufacturers, 5 are located in the European Union.
The competitiveness of European producers depends to a large extent on the domestic market.
Europe is home to31%of all wind component production facilities in the world.
The global market for wind turbine components is worth 50 billioneuros.
In Europe, 26%is equivalent to € 13 billion.
In order to maintain the production and supply chain in the region, European wind farms need to expand both onshore and offshore.
There are 248 wind turbine production units in Europe.
The wind energy industry in the European Union pays 5 billion euros in taxes a year.
One billion of which are local taxes and other payments that benefit communities.
Wind farms pay an average of 2.3 € / MWh for local taxes.
The wind industry promotes happy coexistence with other economic and social interests, such as agriculture, fisheries, biodiversity conservation and the military.
In addition to taxes, some wind farms voluntarily offer benefits to local residents.
These include benefits in kind and payments to the community. Funds and communities that share ownership of the wind farm will benefit.
Wind farms are located in rural areas, often far from big cities, in areas with low investment activity.
In these communities, the income generated by the wind farm is key. Investing in wind energy is the key to a fair energy transition.
European national energy and climate plans
Europe’s National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs)
The European National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) envisage adding up to 397 GWof wind energy by 2030, which is twice as much as today’s 197 GW.
This would correspond to 30%of EU energy consumption by 2030. year.
To achieve this,21 GW must be installed in Europe each year.
The EU ‘s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. at least 55%
In the NECP scenario, the European wind sector would employ 450,000 people.
2030. 250,000 people onshore and 200,000 offshore.