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Record wind growth creates 1.1 mln employment globally

Record wind growth creates 1.1 mln employment globally

Global wind employment grew 5 percent in 2015 and created 1.1 million jobs globally, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) announced Wednesday, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to Anadolu Agency.

 According to the announcement within the scope of the Global Wind Day, the 5 percent global growth in the wind sector attracted $110 billion.

 The increase in employment figures is mainly due to strong installation rates in China, the U.S. and Germany.

“New job creation is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabled policy frameworks. As governments continue to struggle with high unemployment rates in many parts of the world, both the current reality and future potential for employment in the wind industry has become increasingly significant,” the statement read.

 Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General, emphasized in the statement that the sector is getting bigger, better and cheaper.

 Additionally he said that the wind industry has witnessed a record growth in recent years which has helped meet the climate goals agreed in Paris while boosting local economies and generating much needed jobs.

 Furthermore corporations are increasingly investing in wind energy.

“Clean energy procurement is standard practice for some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Lego, AT&T, DuPont, General Motors, HP, Sprint, and Walmart”, he said in the statement.

“We are thrilled to see the rapidly growing number of companies opting to source their power from wind. These globally leading companies show that wind makes economic sense, as well as protecting the environment; and it’s what their customers want to see”, Sawyer underlined.

Global Wind Day in June is a worldwide annual event which gives a platform for the discovery of wind energy, its power and possibilities.

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