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Wind energy could generate 3.3 million jobs worldwide within five years

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Governments around the world are setting targets for countries to reduce emissions and increase reliance on renewable energy. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) the increase in reliance on wind as a renewable energy source could provide an extra 470 gigawatts of power between 2021 and 2025, so leading to 3.3 million jobs being created in the next five years.

The projection includes both direct roles in onshore and offshore wind as well as support jobs across the sector such as installation, manufacturing, project planning and development, operation and maintenance and decommissioning.

Joyce Lee the head of policy and projects at GWEC said the move to renewable energy sources would “have to accelerate over the next decade to safeguard our chances of achieving carbon neutrality by mid-century.”

“The good news is that the transition offers net employment and economic gains,” Lee said. “Governments across the world can tap into the socioeconomic benefits by setting more ambitious renewable energy targets”.

Worldwide governments are indeed setting targets to cut emissions and increase renewable energy installations. The creation of energy from wind sources is a major part of these plans. 

In the U.S. the Biden administration stated it wants to increase its offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030. Which will generate thousands of jobs and unlock billions of dollars in investment over those coming years.

The U.K. wants its offshore wind capacity to increase to 40GW by 2030 and the European Union is looking to increase offshore installations to amount to at least 60 GW by 2030 and 300 GW by 2050.

All of these are ambitious targets especially when the reality is that for many countries the move away from fossil fuels will require a huge amount of change and so be a great challenge.

In the U.S in particular fossil fuels were the main source of electricity generation in 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration.  

Source: CNBC

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