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Select a country to view its facts sheet. Learn more about the number of wind turbines, the number of jobs created by wind, the percentage of wind energy covering the country’s electricity demand, etc.

Local impact, global leadership report

The macro-economic benefits of the wind industry are now quite well known. WindEurope released the Local Impact, Global Leadership report in November 2017. It shows the wind industry contributes €36bn to EU GDP, support 263,000 jobs and generate €8bn exports.

But the local micro-economic benefits are less obvious. Where are the jobs? Where are the turbine factories? Where’s the rest of the supply chain? How are communities benefiting from having wind farms? How do local councils benefit?

Our new web-based tool, “Local Impact, Global Leadership”, maps out the answers to these questions. It shows how our supply chain benefits regions all across Europe including economically less-advantaged ones – and how it’s brought jobs and investment to shipbuilding and coal regions.

It shows how citizens benefit from shared and community ownership of wind farms. And how wind farms are contributing to local economic activity through the taxes they pay to municipalities.

Get involved!

On 11 June European Energy Ministers will meet to decide on the level of ambition for Europe’s 2030 renewable energy target. This is the climax of years of negotiations and our best chance to get our voice heard.

More renewables deployment means more jobs, investments, exports and positive impacts for our communities. Raising the level of ambition from a 27% renewable energy target to 35% would help create an additional 132,000 jobs and inject €92bn into the EU economy from wind energy alone.

Join renewables enthusiasts from all over Europe in supporting a 35% target by writing to your energy Minister ahead of the 11 June meeting. By spreading the word on social media we can create a groundswell of support for high ambition in renewables ahead of this critical meeting.

Three easy steps:

  1. Download your favourite postcard.
  2. Write a message explaining what renewables deployment means to your country/community.
  3. Take a selfie holding the postcard and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #gofor35 – and don’t forget to send the physical postcard!

Sign, snap, post: #gofor35!

Sample Tweet: @MinisterNaughten on 11 June, please vote for an ambitious renewable energy target to sustain Europe’s leadership in renewables #gofor35

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