Climate change on G8 priority list

12% of the world's electricity can be supplied by wind; 11 billion tonnes of CO2 saved by 2020, says industry report

Press release - 30 June, 2005
The UK Government has prioritised climate change for their G8 (1) and EU Presidencies this year (2) and less than a week before the G8 Summit starts (7-8 July), Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched "Windforce 12", a global industry blueprint that describes how wind power can supply 12 % of the world's electricity by 2020 (3). The report is a crucial tool in the race to cut greenhouse gas emissions as 12% electricity from total of 1,250 GW of wind power installed will save a cumulative 10,771 million tonnes of CO2.

The report also highlights that thirteen key countries around the worldcan play a leadership role to help unlock the major market deploymentenvisaged by this industry blueprint: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China,France, India, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey, the UKand the USA. These markets are at an early but developing stage, andprovide an insight into where major wind growth may be achieved.  

"Wind energy has a huge role to play in our energy future and incombating climate change. It is already one of the fastest growingenergy sectors in the world. G8 nations must encourage and support windpower developments worldwide to ensure that we can curb greenhouse gasemissions," said Sven Teske, of Greenpeace International.  

Today, wind power installed in Europe is saving over 50 million tonnesof CO2 a year and on track by 2010 to deliver one third of the EU'sKyoto commitment.  In the report, the value of the global marketfor wind turbines is to move from the current €8 billion to an € 80billion annual business by 2020. Wind power is one of the mosteffective power technologies that is ready today for global deploymenton the requisite scale, and can be installed far quicker than otherconventional power stations.

"Wind power is one of the few energy supply technologies that is readyfor a broader roll out today; wind has the maturity, clout and globalmuscle to deliver deep cuts in CO2, while providing a hedge againstfluctuating fossil fuel prices and reduce energy import dependence",said Corin Millais, of the Global Wind Energy Council. "The globalenergy challenge of our time is not only to tackle climate change, butto meet the rising demand for energy and to safeguard security ofenergy supplies. As a power technology which can meet these threechallenges, wind energy is a leading candidate."

Wind energy is a significant resource; it is safe, clean, and abundant.Unlike conventional fuels, wind energy is an indigenous supplypermanently available in virtually every nation in the world,delivering energy security benefits of avoided fuel costs, eliminatinglong term fuel price risk, and avoids the economic, political andsupply risks of dependence on imports from other countries.

With no intervention, the International Energy Association (IEA)estimates that, under current trends, the world's electricity demandcould double from 2002 to 2030, accounting for 60% of new investment inenergy supply by then. The global power sector requires 4,800GW -2,000GW of this in the OECD - of new capacity to meet increasing demandand replacing aging infrastructure, at a cost of €10,000 billion inpower generation, transmission and distribution. By 2030, the powersector could account for 45% of global carbon emissions. The investmentchoices made now will determine the level of emissions of carbondioxide for many decades.

Other contacts: Corin Millais, EWEA CEO, +32 499 25 25 37Sven Teske, Greenpeace International renewable energy campaign, + 31 6 212 96 8 94Luisa Colasimone, EWEA Communication Director, +32 485 145 411Cecilia Goin, Greenpeace International media officer, + 31 6 212 96 908A copy of the Wind Force 12 report can be downloaded at:;

Notes: (1). The International Climate Change Task Force convened by Tony Blair and the European Council see climate change as "probably, long-term the single most important issue we face as a global community". For this reason climate change will be a priority during the UK's G8 Presidency this year, along with Africa." ( )In January, the report 'Meeting the climate challenge' - Recommendations of the International Climate Change Task Force concluded that "a long term objective be established to prevent global average temperature from rising more than 2OC above the pre-industrial level";"G8 Governments establish national renewable portfolio standards to generate at least 25% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025, with higher targets needed for some G8 Governments";"Governments remove barriers to and increase investment in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practice such measures as the phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies"(2). The European Commission report Action on Climate Change post 2012 published in February this year stated that "Renewable energies will have to play a much larger role in the future". The 2004 European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment on greenhouse gas emission trends in Europe concluded that "the promotion of renewable energy has the greatest impact on emissions in most EU Member States for both implemented and planned policies".(3). "Wind Force 12, a blueprint to achieve 12% of the world's electricity from wind power by 2020". This report is the main global wind energy assessment. It has been conducted since 1999 by EWEA (the European Wind Energy Association) and Greenpeace International. The 2005 report has been completed by Greenpeace and EWEA on behalf of the GWEC - the Global Wind Energy Council.

Exp. contact date: 2005-07-06 00:00:00