Wind could meet 12% of global power demand by 2020 and up to 22% by 2030, according to a study published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace International.
The report, ‘Global Wind Energy Outlook 2010,’ finds that wind power could play a key role in satisfying the world's increasing power demand, while at the same time achieving major greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The 1,000 GW of wind power capacity projected to be installed by 2020 would save as much as 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
‘Wind power can make a massive contribution to global electricity production and to decarbonizing the power sector, but we need political commitment to make this happen,’ says Steve Sawyer, GWEC's secretary general. ‘Wind power technology provides governments with a viable option for truly tackling the challenges of our time and for being part of the energy revolution our planet needs.’
In addition to environmental benefits, wind energy is becoming a substantial factor in economic development, providing more than 600,000 green collar jobs today, both in direct and indirect employment. By 2030, the number of jobs is projected to increase to over 3 million.
The report was released in Beijing ahead of the China Wind Power 2010 event, which takes place Oct. 13 to 15.
SOURCE: Global Wind Energy Council