Global Wind Day 15 June
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 change our world.
It is also a day for discovery of the work that has already begun by pioneers around the world. In more than 80 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source.
Thousands of individuals are involved in the production of energy from the wind, but for many people, wind energy is a mystery. Global Wind Day is the day when you can visit wind farms, meet experts, attend events and find out everything you want to know about wind energy.
The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) coordinate the Global Wind Day through a network of partners. The day started as a European one in 2007 and went Global in 2009. On 15 June, a wide range of public events are organised all over the world.
What happened in 2014?
Global Wind Day in 2014 put the spotlight on energy dependence. The six biggest fossil fuel importers in the world - the EU, China, the US, Japan, Korea and India - spend over $1,680 billion per year to import polluting coal, oil and gas.
"Recent events in Ukraine have shown us once again that reducing dependence on fossil fuel imports and replacing them with renewable energy has become an urgent matter. Not only does this make sense in terms of increased energy security but it also helps to avert catastrophic climate change; and the economics of wind has become very attractive‚ said Steve Sawyer", GWEC secretary general.
Importing coal, oil and gas is not only expensive, it also has a number of disadvantages, such as increased CO2 emissions and pollution; vulnerability to price fluctuations on the world market; supply disturbances and becoming exposed to political decisions and pressure. Many energy importing countries are desperately seeking to diversify their energy mix. The good news is that renewable energy can completely or partially replace imported energy, thereby enhancing their energy security. Access to affordable and secure local energy supply can also enable growth in developing countries and creates much needed jobs.
"In Europe, each person is spending over 2 euros per day to import energy"‚ commented Thomas Becker, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association. "Wind energy can help reduce these imports, increasing energy security while bringing jobs and cleaner air", he added.
Global Wind day once again provided the public with an opportunity to discover the benefits of wind energy and to learn more about the technology. A range of events were organised around the world: family picnic with speakers and fun activities for the kids in Canberra; a seminar on wind energy in Tehran; a Golf Tournament in Ontario; a windmill-screw-throwing-competition in Linz, and an art work painted in a turbine at Global Wind Day celebrations at Viru-Nigula wind farm in Estonia. More information about this year‚ Global Wind Day celebrations: www.globalwindday.org.
Events around the world
See a map with links to national wind energy associations to find out more about Global Wind Day events around the world in 2014 www.globalwindday.org.
- See GWD "I love wind because.." video.