UNEP UNESCO
home / facts & figures / environment / energy / renewables / wind

youthXchange go
RESPECTING OUR BODIES PACKAGING YOURSELF AWAKENING YOUR SOUL LOOKING FOR A PLACE CARRYING THE TORCH CLEAN UP YOUR FUN SOCIAL BELOGING PAY THE RIGHT PRICE LOOKING AHEAD
back to index

GENERAL DATA
ENVIRONMENT
nature conservation
 > areas at risk
 > endangered species
 > protected areas

air
 > air quality
 > global issues

energy
 > demand/supply
 > energy saving
 > renewables

waste
 > production
 > recycling

water
 > water resources
 > drinking water

climate change
 > impact on population
 > weather

animal welfare
 > animal testing
 > unfair practices

BASIC NEEDS
OTHER NEEDS

English site French site Korea site
facts & figures
ENERGY
wind | Europe | EU best practises | EU consumers | EU: lower costs | North America | new markets | offshore | forecasts | noise & visual impact | birds mortality | health & safety | CO2 reductions


INTRO: WIND BLOWS HARD

source: www.ewea.org/documents/
Facts_Summary.pdf


www.iea.org/dbtw-wpd/textbase/
press/pressdetail.asp?PRESS_
REL_ID=128


www.ewea.org/documents/
WF12-2004_eng.pdf


print this page share with a friend send us your feedback
wind

Wind power already supplies 40 million people globally with electricity and is the world's fastest growing energy source:
  • from 1992 to 2003, the global installed capacity increased from 2,500 megawatts (MW) to over 40,300 MW: an annual growth rate of nearly 30%;


  • almost 3/4 of wind capacity has been installed in Europe;


  • in 2001, 86% of the installed wind capacity was located in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States;


  • in 2003 alone, more than 8,300 MW of wind power was installed worldwide, valued at 8 billion and generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 19 million average European homes, close to 47 million people;


  • over 50 countries around the world now contribute to the global total, whilst the number of people employed by the industry is estimated to be around 90-100,000, with 70-80,000 of these in Europe;


  • over 50,000 small wind turbines provide electricity in remote rural areas around the world.
  related issues

facts & figures > global consumption | energy facts & tips | intro | geothermal | solar | biomass | hydropower | global warming

department store > carbon calculator | state of the world 2004

career compass > ashden awards | smart municipality

looking ahead > choose positive energy | climate neutral network

back to the top
[ home | UNEP/UNESCO contact | partners | YXC Team ]