Wind energy provides 300,000 jobs in Europe and contributes €37bn to EU GDP every year according to WindEurope’s new report: ‘Wind Energy and economic recovery in Europe – How wind energy will put communities at the heart of the European recovery”.

Investing in wind energy will help Europe’s recovery says the 400 member industry group. Each new turbine installed in Europe generates on average €10m of economic activity. This is spread across the 248 factories in Europe that produce turbines and components - and all involved in planning, construction, logistics and R&D. Expanding wind energy will also help Europe strengthen its global leadership in wind. Five of the world’s top ten turbine manufacturers are European - and collectively they have a 42% global market share.

By Jake Frith