Wind energy can meet 65 percent of tabled
2020 emissions cuts by rich nations: GWEC
Dec 14, 2009 - Xinhua
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) on Monday released calculations
showing that wind energy alone could achieve up to 65 percent of the emissions
reductions pledges by industrialized nations.
"Wind power is rapidly emerging
as a key technology towards a low carbon, resource efficient green economy," said
Achim Steiner, UN under secretary general and executive director of the UN Environment
Program (UNEP), told a joint press conference of the UNEP and the GWEC in Copenhagen.
In the GWEC's most ambitious scenario for wind energy development, wind
could produce 2,600 terawatt hours of power and save 1.5 billion tons of carbon
dioxide in 2020, which would represent between 42 percent and 65 percent of the
emissions cuts pledged by developed countries.
A UN panel of climate scientists
were proposing a 25-40 percent cut in carbon emissions by rich nations by 2020
in order to keep global warming under control. According to the GWEC, global wind
energy alone could contribute 34 percent of a 25 percent emissions reduction and
21 percent of a 40 percent reduction.
GWEC Secretary-General Steve Sawyer
called on developed countries to "substantially" raise their pledges on emissions
reduction and assistance to developing countries' emissions reduction programs.
The United States has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 percent
from 2005 levels by 2020, equivalent to a reduction of 4 percent compared with
1990 levels. The European Union has committed to a reduction of 20 percent from
1990 levels and promised to raise the goal to 30 percent if others also aim high.
"The economics and the benefits of renewables and in particular wind power
are becoming increasingly convincing -- Copenhagen is the moment for governments
and world leaders to match this reality with convincing decisions on emission
reductions, financing and technology," said Steiner.
A total of 110 heads
of state and government will convene in Copenhagen later this week for a climate
summit to endorse efforts on reaching a deal to fight global warming.