Brussels, Belgium, June 30, 2011 — Wind energy can contribute substantially to the European Union's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent by 2050, according to the European Wind Energy Association.
The EWEA report sets out targets for the amount of wind power the industry expects to be able to deliver in 2020, 2030 and 2050. It aims to provide European policy makers with an understanding of the contribution wind energy can make in terms of energy security, carbon reductions and employment, ahead of the publication of the European Commission's 2050 Energy Roadmap, due in the autumn.
The report shows that by 2020 most E.U. countries will have at least tripled their wind power capacity reaching a total installed capacity of 230 GW by 2020 — providing 15.7 percent of E.U. electricity depending on demand. 190 GW would be onshore and 40 GW offshore. By the end of 2010, 84 GW of wind energy capacity was operating in Europe, meeting 5.3 percent of E.U. power demand.
By 2030 EWEA expects 400 GW of wind to be operating in the E.U. providing 28.5 percent of EU electricity depending on demand. 250 GW would be onshore and 150 GW offshore.
The report also shows that wind power could provide 50 percent of the E.U. electricity supply by 2050.