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European Green Deal

Published on 14 January 2020


The European Union is committed to becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. This requires the transformation of our energy system which accounts for more than 75% of our greenhouse gas emissions to be put at the heart of the EU recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Wind energy is ideally placed to be the European Green Deal’s technology of choice to restart the EU economy: it’s scalable, cost-competitive and labour-rich.

Wind is already 15% of Europe’s electricity and the International Energy Agency expects wind to become our number one source of power generation by 2027. Renewables-based electrification will be central to a climate neutral, competitive and secure energy system.

At the same time Europe can make its climate ambition the core of a successful industrial strategy as part of the EU Recovery Plan. 300,000 people work in wind energy today. With the right policies, the development of climate mitigation technologies can be a driver of jobs and growth as the basis of a just energy transition.

This will require setting the right levels of ambition already for 2030 and delivering on our National Energy and Climate Plans. It means making the right choices today on infrastructure and climate proofing investments as part of the EU economic recovery. And it requires addressing the challenges of people living in regions with carbon-intensive economies.

Wind can help ensure the Green Deal works for all Europeans and is the engine of economic growth in the aftermath of COVID-19.