Embracing a green recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic could add 2.2 million energy jobs in key developing economies

Source: press release, 17 February 2022

Accelerated deployment of wind projects will not only support climate action, but help countries to realise a range of benefits from job creation to cleaner air
Accelerated deployment of wind projects will not only support climate action, but help countries to realise a range of benefits from job creation to cleaner air (illustration: GWEC)

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has published Capturing Green Recovery Opportunities from Wind Power in Developing Economies. The report, written in collaboration with BVG Associates, highlights the vast and largely untapped socioeconomic and environmental opportunities which could be unlocked by wind energy in a group of developing economies from 2022-2026.

Five emerging economies in particular were selected as country studies: Brazil, India, South Africa, Mexico, and the Philippines.

The total upside for green recovery measures across the five countries examined in the report include 2.23 million full-time equivalent jobs over a 25-year lifetime of wind projects, and nearly 20 GW of additional wind power installations – enough to power roughly 25 million homes each year from 2026 onward, and potentially save the equivalent of 714 million metric tons of CO2 emissions over wind farm lifetimes.