Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.
Today, wind energy is a mature and mainstream technology and one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in the world with almost $100 billion invested in 2014.
In the EU alone, the wind industry installed more than gas and coal combined last year with enough cumulative installed capacity to meet 10.2% of the region’s electricity consumption, equivalent to powering 73 million households.
Global Wind Day is a coordinated action between the European Wind Energy Association, the Global Wind Energy Council and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities. In the run-up to 15 June, hundreds of public events will be held all over the world from family outings and wind farm visits to seminars with experts and leading industry figures.
This year Global Wind Day is organised in coordination with SolutionWind, a global awareness campaign to highlight the unique relevance of the wind industry ahead of COP21 climate negotiations in Paris at the end of the year.
world has celebrated Global Wind Day but 2012 is the first year when countries like Mexico, Chile, Israel, South Korea and South Africa participate by hosting commemorative events.
At present, wind power is utilized in more than 75 countries around the world—including Mexico—with 21 countries totaling over 1,000 installed MW. The current 250 GW installed in the world represent 30 times more than the amount installed fifteen years ago when most of the world’s countries got together to reach an agreement on the fight against climate change at the signing of the Kyoto Protocol.