Our Policy Work

Wind energy has an important role to play in the evolving global energy mix. By the end of 2013, the world had a total installed capacity of more than 318 GW of wind power. Globally, electricity generated from wind is already providing clean, safe and reliable power to millions of homes and businesses.

The science is clear: according to the IPCC, global emissions have to peak and start to decline before 2020 if we are to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Given the continued lack of an ambitious, long-term and globally binding climate agreement, wind energy is the only power generation technology in the position to making a substantial difference in reducing CO2 emissions in this critical period out to 2020.

Current levels of wind energy installations have barely scratched the surface of wind’s potential. While most resource assessments measure the technical potential at several times total global electricity consumption, in practical terms wind could easily provide over 2,000 GW of new capacity by 2030. GWEC works on both the national and international level to create a better policy environment for wind power.

Policy development and advocacy

GWEC’s policy development and advocacy work is driven by a desire to maximize the economic, industrial and environmental benefits of wind energy globally. GWEC is actively engaged in numerous international activities and programs with a wide range of stakeholders including governments, multilateral institutions and civil society to meet its mission. We are actively involved in the UNFCCC, the IEA, and the new International Renewable Energy Agency and we advise national governments on how to improve their understanding and long-term support for the wind industry.

GWEC has published detailed market reports annually since 2006, highlighting the growth and developments in the global wind industry. We also publish comprehensive biennial sector specific projections titled the Global Wind Energy Outlook, in collaboration with Greenpeace International, which has come to be recognized as an important planning tool for the future of the global power sector.

Since 2006, GWEC has published thorough reports on emerging non-OECD markets, in collaboration with our national associations. We recently published policy and regulatory framework updates on Brazil, China and India. GWEC works across several policy platforms and with many international agencies to represent the interests of the wind power industry.

GWEC works across several policy platforms and with many international agencies

GWEC is an active member of a number of international partnerships and uses these alliances to promote the wider market and business opportunities for the wind industry. In addition to working with our international partners, we support and organize international events, collaborate on projects with international policy aspects. GWEC is active in educating decision makers in ongoing UN climate change negotiations, including concrete proposals for improving its market mechanisms (such as the CDM) and the international carbon markets.

GWEC also provides authoritative guidance to various reports and peer-reviewed publications relevant to the wind industry. We provide active and regular input to external publications by experts and leading institutions such as the IEA’s World Energy Outlook, the REN21 Global Status Report and the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change, as well as the 4th and 5th Assessment Reports. We collaborate closely with international financial institutions including the International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank among others. Since 2010, GWEC has worked closely with the ADB to organize and host the workshops series titles Quantum Leap in Wind, to promote and strengthen the understanding and uptake of wind energy in the Asia Pacific.

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