As wind power expands to new markets, the Global Wind Energy Council serves as the authoritative global voice to communicate wind power’s benefits, policy recommendations and role in economic recovery.
Wind power is one of the critical pillars of the global energy transition. As wind power expands to new markets, the Global Wind Energy Council serves as the authoritative global voice to communicate wind power’s benefits, policy recommendations and role in economic recovery.
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is a Belgium-based international trade association for the global wind power industry. Its mission is to ensure that wind power establishes itself as one of the key answers to today’s energy challenges. GWEC works with governments in new and emerging wind markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia to communicate the benefits of wind power and support them in enacting their clean energy transitions.
GWEC’s mandate comes from its expansive membership of leading wind developers and OEMs, as well as a network of wind and renewable energy associations active in more than 80 countries, including the world’s largest wind markets of the US, Europe, India and China. Together, GWEC’s membership includes more than 1,500 entities and represents 99% of the installed onshore wind power globally.
Advocacy & Policy
Our members work through dedicated task forces focused on regional and thematic policy issues, including: the Global Offshore Wind Task Force; the Floating Offshore Wind Task Force; the South East Asia Task Force; the Latin America Task Force; and the Africa Task Force.
GWEC also leads a global campaign to make wind power a cornerstone of green economy recovery packages, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, we released a statement endorsed by companies and associations representing 98% of installed onshore wind power, outlining how investment in the wind sector can enable governments to renew critical infrastructure, deliver green jobs and provide clean and affordable power for a sustainable future.
Capacity-Building & Collaboration
GWEC works with the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA, REN21, RE100 and other institutions to advocate for wind power in a variety of international frameworks and initiatives. We support collaboration between policymakers in different markets to share best practices, address market and regulatory barriers and enhance commitments to clean energy.
Some examples of our work in 2020 include: partnering with the World Bank Group to organise the Offshore Wind Virtual Study Tour for international governments; launching the Offshore Wind Podcast; and organising a webcast series on Corporate Procurement of Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets with RE100.
This year, GWEC also co-authored a report on gender diversity in the global wind sector with IRENA as part of our Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, which aims to increase gender diversity and foster the next generation of industry leaders.
GWEC provides authoritative research and analysis on the global wind power industry through its Market Intelligence practice. Members have access to a database of detailed insights and reports, including a market data dashboard updated in real time and country profiles. Some of our work in 2020 includes the Global Wind Report, Global Offshore Wind Report, Supply Side Analysis Report, Powering the Future Report on workforces and the Africa Wind Energy Handbook.
Summits & Conferences
GWEC organises a series of dynamic events which convene policymakers, industry, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges of wind power. These events, including China Windpower, Brazil Windpower and Global Offshore Wind Summit Taiwan, also provide business environments for dialogue and matchmaking.
GWEC works at the highest international political level to create a better policy environment for wind power. Find out more about GWEC and its global community by visiting our website.