Diana Rennerova

Newsletter Editorial: Building a Sustainable Wind Industry For The Energy Transition

The world is waking up to the realisation that we now have only a short time to take action to head off a disastrous rise in global temperatures and to preserve a liveable planet. And in order achieve this, that a wholesale energy transition needs to be carried out on an urgent basis. “We have 10 years” to get things right and on the correct pathway of decarbonisation and deployment of renewable energy, GWEC’s Chairman Morten Dyrholm pointed out to a recent Ministerial Conference on Renewable Energy Integration in Berlin.

Winds of change are blowing in Africa

The African continent is set for growth, the population is expected to grow by 1.4% each year until 2030. GDP is expected to grow by 4%. This development is demanding huge investments in infrastructure including the energy markets to keep up with the growth, access to electricity being one of the main challenges African citizens consider to encompass and unlock their growth path. African governments have acknowledged that growth can only be supported through sustainable solutions, which means an obvious opportunity for wind energy. Offering a cost-competitive solution, wind energy has the potential to drive not only the electrification level in Africa (currently only 43% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity according to the World Energy Outlook 2018 from IEA), but to also support the economic growth and development of African markets. 

The energy transition must be gender-equitable

As the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition bring women working in the wind industry in emerging markets to Europe to encourage action on the Sustainable Development Goals, GWEC’s Joyce Lee explains why the energy transition will only be successful if women are able to fully participate.

Africa Wind Energy Handbook: Local Value Chain

Back to Handbook Development of a Local Value Chain Africa is endowed with vast wind resources,according to the IRENA Remap 2030 report,the continent holds 100GW of wind capabilities. Wind energy has already become the most competitive and mainstream energy source in many regions, despite the fact that no level playing field has yet been fixed,namely …

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Africa Wind Energy Handbook: Investments in transmission solutions for African markets

Back to Handbook Investment in Transmission Infrastructure The outlook for the global wind industry is more than positive – GWEC Market Intelligence expects over 330GW of new capacity to be added until 2023 worldwide. However, there is one key bottleneck – insufficient transmission capacity delaying project execution, both in mature and developing markets to the …

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