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New Coalition of Wind Energy Suppliers and NGOs to Launch Wind Campaign at Climate Talks

Update Time:2014-03-11 19:02

Beijing, 31 October 2008. Wind energy could be supplying 12% of the world’s electricity needs and saving 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 a year by 2020 according to a coalition of wind energy companies, associations and NGO’s determined to find practical solutions to climate change.

With plans to launch a Wind Power Works campaign at the COP 14 climate meeting in December, the coalition will promote bold emissions targets and a rapid deployment of wind energy around the world in a bid to achieve the IPCC target of a decline in emissions by 2020.

Coordinated by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) the campaign will set out to remove the policy and infrastructural obstacles to the technology’s rapid deployment. Secretary General of GWEC Steve Sawyer said, “the world needs an effective solution which can deliver power with emissions reductions now – that solution is wind energy.  It’s already working in over 70 countries, delivering reliable energy on demand. The only thing stopping it delivering more is government inaction. We need to achieve the IPCC target for declining emissions or face the worse consequences of climate change. Wind power will help us achieve that.”

The campaign will engage with policy makers and governments to discuss the world’s energy needs and the role which wind power is playing in fulfilling those needs, including the potential to massively increase its contribution.

“As the global provider of efficient power solutions, we believe that wind energy can make a real difference in cutting emissions between now and 2020. What we need now is the unambiguous political will to realise this massive potential, and we call on governments match their words with action in Poznań and Copenhagen,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Wind Power.

“Vestas is the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines, at the forefront of fighting climate change with a modern, cutting-edge technology. We are backing the Wind Power Works campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of wind energy, both environmental and economic,” said Peter Brun, Vice-President of Governmental Relations at Vestas Wind Systems.

 “Wind energy is the most commercially viable and scaleable renewable energy solution today and with proper policy support, the industry can continue to be instrumental in meeting the world’s clean energy requirements,” said Victor Abate, vice president-renewables for GE Energy.

“As the world’s largest owner of wind farms we know that wind power is cost effective, reliable and fast to deploy in large quantities virtually anywhere in the world. It is a great solution to the energy challenges before us but it requires binding emissions reduction targets to create the investor confidence necessary for the next big expansion,” said Carlos Gasco from Iberdrola Renewables.

The campaign will run across the world and includes a series of case studies of wind power in action to demonstrate the solutions it offers to different energy challenges.