Report calls on China to power up wind energy to combat climate change

Press release - 2007-11-01
China could lead the world in wind energy development and play a larger role in combating climate change, according to a report by the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), Greenpeace and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The China Wind Power Report 2007, released at Wind Power Shanghai 2007, predicts that China’s installed wind power capacity could reach 122 GW by 2020, equivalent to the capacity of five Three Gorges Dams.

Nov.1st, at the Wind Power Shanghai 2007, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), Greenpeace and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released The China Wind Power Report 2007.

China's current target for wind energy is 30GW by 2020. The report urges China to set a more ambitious target in order to seize the opportunity of massive uptake of wind power, and gives three different growth projections for the Chinese wind market. Given current policies, China's installed capacity of wind energy could reach 50GW by 2020, accounting for about 4% of the total installed generation capacity. If the policy environment could be further improved, the installed capacity of wind energy could reach 80GW by 2020, accounting for 7% of installed capacity. However, if the Chinese government could give full policy support to wind power, then the installed capacity of wind energy could exceed 120GW by 2020, accounting for up to 10% of the total installed capacity of the country.

China's installed wind energy capacity will reach 5GW by the end of 2007, exceeding the official target originally set for 2010. "China's wind energy market is booming even the supportive policies are yet to be improved," said Li Junfeng, the secretary-general of CREIA. "With greater policy support to wind energy, China could become one of the top three wind energy markets in the world by 2020."

Steve Sawyer, the secretary-general of GWEC stated that wind power must play a major role in the power sector to combat climate change, in China and the rest of the world. "Global experience shows that wind energy can only take off with sufficient policy support. China can learn positive lessons from other counties, and the global fight against climate change cannot be won without China playing a major role."

"Accelerating the development of wind energy should be part of China's strategy to reduce dependence on coal while meeting its energy demand," said Yang Ailun, climate and energy campaign manager of Greenpeace China. "Transforming the power sector in China is a big task, but it must be done if China were to prevent the worst climate change scenario."

Other contacts:

Sarah Liang, Media Officer, Greenpeace, +86 10 65546931-123,
Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, GWEC,
Ma Lingjuan, CREIA,