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Offshore wind hits record capacity on China, Vietnam growth: study

Lobby group says Glasgow targets gave renewables a boost but more action is needed

Wind turbines in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. The planet added 21.1 gigawatts of offshore wind power last year, the highest ever and triple the 2020 figure, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.   © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Vietnam and Australia joined the ranks of countries with the most new wind farms while power players China and India bulked up their already-massive capacity in a record year for wind-based electricity, new research shows.

The planet added 21.1 gigawatts of offshore wind power last year, the highest ever and triple the 2020 figure, while adding 72.5 GW onshore -- but these numbers must quadruple in the next decade to fight climate change, said the Global Wind Energy Council. The industry lobby's annual report said Asia accounted for 59% of new installations in 2021, a year when the COP26 summit anchored a bevy of pledges to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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