Policy support needed to reach 1,000 gigawatts of wind by 2020 – GWEC

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On the occasion of the annual celebration of Global Wind Day, the Global wind Energy Council is urging world leaders to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and switch to renewables.

In a statement, the GWEC pointed out that research has shown that the level of subsidies to fossil fuels has gone up by nearly 30 percent to $640 billion since 2010 and today fossil fuels receive six times more subsidies than renewable energy.

“While world leaders pay lip service to combating climate change, what they are actually doing is subsidizing carbon dioxide emissions to the tune of $100/tonne. Fossil fuel energy subsidy reform could take us a long way towards protecting the climate,” said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of GWEC