Wind energy can power 3.3 million new jobs worldwide over next five years

Wind power will continue to deliver record growth of new installations over the next five years, and make crucial contributions to economic recovery around the world. A new analysis by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows that wind can power 3.3 million jobs over the next five years in a dynamic supply chain across the world, many of which will be locally based and will require a variety of skills across the full value chain of the sector.

With 751 GW of wind power capacity already installed, the wind industry has generated nearly 1.2 million jobs globally to date
according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. 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.

This new analysis highlights the net economic benefits of the energy transition and wind power’s potential for job creation globally, as well as wind power’s role to power a just transition as the world still recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.
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The additional 470 GW of forecasted wind capacity through 2025 could create more than 3.3 million direct jobs in a dynamic supply chain around the world.
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 response to labour market disruptions from the energy transition such as dislocation of jobs for offshore oil and gas and marine engineering workers. ?

The energy transition offers net employment gains, and each dollar spent on fossil fuels means governments are missing out on potential jobs
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