Member organisation WindEurope has unveiled a new wind energy toolkit to help map the economic and social benefits of local wind farms.
The organisation claim the new toolkit will help outline the future of renewables and outline to policy-makers the benefits of the technology.
Entitled Local Impact, Global Leadership, the toolkit maps the wind energy supply chain across Europe to show the benefits to local economies,
WindEurope claim the toolkit will also show where wind energy has had a significant impact on local jobs in terms of manufacturing.
Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, said: “Wind energy is a smart choice for the economy. It’s a European industrial success story. And it delivers local economic benefits to communities across Europe – jobs and income that support local economic activity and public services. Our new toolkit illustrates this and has a simple message: more wind means more economic benefits for communities throughout Europe.
“Those involved in the endgame of the Clean Energy Package negotiations should take a look and see how their communities are benefitting from renewables and what more they could be getting with a higher EU target and ambitious numbers in their national energy plans.
“Europe-wide the difference between a 27% and a 35% renewables target is 132,000 jobs and €92bn investments. And clarity in national plans on the volumes of renewables is essential too – the supply chain then knows where and when to invest.”