In 2020, China broke the world record for most wind power capacity installed in a single year, doubling the country's annual installations from the previous year with new capacity reaching 52 GW. In Asia, 56 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in 2020, a 78% year-on-year increase, continuing to drive growth of the global wind industry.
Overall total wind power capacity in Asia pacific is now nearly 347 GW, making it a global leader for the most wind power capacity and has helped to remove 150 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in one year. That is the equivalent to removing 110million cars off the road.
“The incredible and rapid growth of wind power in the region has been led by China, which now has more wind power capacity than Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America combined.” said Feng Zhao, Head of Market Intelligence and Strategy, GWEC.
Throughout 2020 there were also several other countries taking leaps and bounds to install new wind power capacity. Behind China with 52,000 MW, there was India who installed 1,119 MW, followed by Australia, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand. For China to achieve its net-zero goals, they will have to continue with the same momentum as achieved in 2020, year-on-year.