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European wind makes strides, but falls down global leaderboard

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Creative Commons: Consumers Energy, 2014

Wind energy is booming across Europe, but the continent risks being outshone by China as some EU countries fail to offer long term certainty to investors.

Wind power now meets over 11 per cent of the Europe’s energy demand, according to new figures released by the European Wind Energy Association, and accounted for 44 per cent of all new power installations in 2015 – more than any other form of energy.

But while momentum continues to build for cheap, clean wind locally, globally, the European Union is being piped to the post by China, where policies to reduce dependence on coal and clean up its cities’ air have driven a dramatic increase in clean energy.

With just six of the 28 EU states having clear renewable targets or policies in place post-2020, Europe could miss out on even more investment and find itself lagging behind its emerging economy rivals at a time where it should be leading the unstoppable transition towards a 100 per cent renewable future.

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