18 April 2012, 13:17 BST
In the midst of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) annual conference, EWEA has released data showing that in recent years the European wind energy industry has grown twice as fast as the EU economy as a whole.
"Focusing on the role of wind power for our sustainable future makes good sense from both an environmental and an economic perspective," Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark said.
"The green agenda is both about job creation in the short run and climate protection in the long run," Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said.
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According to EWEA, the European wind industry contributed 33% more to EU GDP from 2007 to 2010. Wind energy was a big support in the midst of economic slowdown, providing a €32 billion boost in 2010 alone.
Aside from the above, here are some more salient stats and projections from EWEA:
"Transforming the energy system makes economic sense," EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger.
"Wind energy is a recession-busting industry. It is countering the recession - providing increasing economic activity, more jobs and exports every year to an EU struggling with an economic crisis intensified by ever increasing amounts of fuel being imported at rising costs to European citizens," said Arthouros Zervos, President of EWEA.
Of course, to prosper as it could, the European wind industry needs appropriate policy support. In particular, EWEA is calling for:
Source: Clean Technica