12 September 2018
Wind energy in Europe: Outlook to 2022
The decarbonisation of Europe’s electricity sector has been one of the most transformative changes in the economy over the last two decades. However, electricity is only about 24% of Europe’s energy consumption. And renewables account only for 30% of Europe’s electricity supply today. The vast majority of Europe’s energy remains fossil fuel-based.
Considering Europe’s remarkable potential for renewable power generation, a rapid electrification of the most carbon-intensive energy uses is the best and most efficient way to simultaneously decarbonise and grow Europe’s economy.
Integrating the power sector in heating, cooling and transport is the next big transformation in Europe’s economy. Coupled with advances in digitalisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, a renewables-based energy system could become an engine of growth and technological leadership.
With this report, WindEurope puts forward two pathways for the electrification of Europe’s energy system, capitalising on the societal benefits of electrification.
Explore the key figures
The of wind energy on jobs and impact the EU economy
Contribution of wind energy to the EU’s economy in 2016
Biggest GDP contributors within the wind industry
Wind energy’s contribution to EU GDP 2007 – 2016
Indirect economic impact of €1,000 spent in wind energy
Gross exports and imports of the wind energy industry
Biggest exporting countries in the EU for wind energy equipment and components
Direct jobs created within the wind energy industry
R&D Investments in wind energy
Avoided CO2 emissions by wind energy
Avoided fossil fuel imports by wind energy
Wind energy’s contribution forecast to 2020 and 2030
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