Giles Dickson, WindEurope CEO, has today welcomed the European Union (EU) ‘State of the Union’ speech delivered by President Juncker which placed a strong emphasis on climate action.
President Juncker said that in 2016, the EU set the “global rules of the game with the Paris Agreement ratified, here, in this very house”. With the collapse of ambition in the United States, Juncker said that Europe will ensure that it makes the planet great again as it is “the shared heritage of all humanity”. Juncker also stated that the European Commission will shortly present proposals to reduce carbon emissions in the European transport sector.
“WindEurope welcomes the State of the European Union speech today, in which President Juncker announced the new industrialisation strategy and placed a strong emphasis on climate action” said Mr Dickson. “We fully agree. The wind industry represents around 300,000 high-end jobs in Europe, and the European industry has a 40 percent share of all wind turbines sold globally. More than 10 percent of the EU’s electricity now comes from wind. The new industrial strategy will be key to maintaining Europe’s global leadership in wind energy. And as a major manufacturer and exporter the wind industry can be an important player in the new strategy. But we'll need stable policies and regulation, more ambition on renewables (a 35 percent target for 2030) and investment in EU-based research and testing. Then we can play our full part in delivering a cleaner and more innovative and digital Europe”.
WindEurope acts as the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. It has over 450 members, active in over 50 countries. In addition to wind turbine manufacturers with a leading share of the world wind power market, its membership encompasses component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.