Global Wind Day 2018

This year’s Global Wind Day is cel­e­brat­ing the im­pact of wind en­ergy around the world

EME Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Phoebe Calver

Dis­cov­er­ing the power of wind en­ergy

Inthe present day we are liv­ing in a world of rapid tran­si­tion, mov­ing from an era of fossil fuel-based en­ergy to­wards an in­creas­ingly de­car­bonised en­ergy sup­ply sys­tem.

The re­new­able-based elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of trans­port, heat­ing and cool­ing sec­tors - as well as in­dus­trial pro­cesses - looks set to rev­o­lu­tionise the world’s en­ergy mix. Europe is recog­nis­ably the his­tor­i­cal hub of wind en­ergy, ex­port­ing wind en­ergy knowhow and tech­nol­ogy to the emerg­ing mar­kets across Africa, Asia and Latin Amer­ica, with a pipe­line of wind projects lined up in pre­vi­ously quiet re­gions.

An im­por­tant as­pect to note is

thaten­ergy tran­si­tion is not about chang­ing the en­ergy mix, in­stead it is about trans­form­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Giles Dick­son, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Win­deu­rope ex­plains: “Wind en­ergy is good for the en­vi­ron­ment and the econ­omy, bring­ing clean en­ergy and jobs to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties all over the world.”

The wind in­dus­try brings new jobs and in­vest­ment to ar­eas where tra­di­tional in­dus­tries (ship­build­ing, coal re­gions, etc.) have de­clined. House­holds, as well as in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial en­ergy con­sumers, all stand to ben­e­fit from em­brac­ing the clean power sourced from wind farms.

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