- Published: 10 May 2019 10 May 2019
WindEurope today launched a campaign to mobilise the 300,000 people who work in wind energy throughout Europe to go and vote in the upcoming European Elections.
The European Parliament is a key enabler of renewable energy. It was the European Parliament that fought for the 32% EU renewables target for 2030 – the European Commission and the Member States initially only wanted 27%. Last year the Parliament also pushed for more EU finance for renewables and R&D funding. Plus it secured key improvements to make Europe’s electricity markets ready for renewables.
This year could see parties that are less committed to fighting climate change gain ground. They are generally still sceptical about renewable energy, despite all the economic benefits it delivers: cheaper electricity; reduced energy imports and greater energy independence; local jobs and growth; and benefits to local communities. These parties thrive on low turnout, making these elections crucial.
That’s why WindEurope has launched a new campaign with the tagline: “For more renewables, vote in the European Parliament elections 23-26 May”. Targeting the 300,000 people who work in wind energy across Europe, the campaign aims to encourage voter turnout to ensure Europe remains on the right track in terms of its climate ambition.