A new report on the European wind energy sector makes clear that more countries need to invest in it for the continent to fully capitalise on its potential.
Released today by industry body, WindEurope, it shows in the first six months of 2018, 4.5 GW of wind energy capacity was added – down from 6.1 GW during the same period last year.
“We are on track for a solid year in new wind farm installations but the growth is driven by just a handful of markets,” said Pierre Tardieu, WindEurope Chief Policy Officer.
Pierre is calling on other countries “to beef up and speed up their plans on offshore wind”, which is currently too heavily dominated by the UK market.
“We know that limiting global temperatures to well below 2°C demands that renewables and efficiency scale up rapidly,” said IIASA researcher and lead author of the study David McCollum.
Our wind energy statistics for the first half of 2018 are in! ⚡️
-3.3 GW of new onshore wind
-1.1 GW of new offshore wind pic.twitter.com/87OHrhdPpl
— WindEurope (@WindEurope) July 26, 2018