German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, GWEC CEO Steve Sawyer and President and CEO of Hamburg Messe Bernd Aufderheide at high level press conference of WindEnergy Hamburg

Steve Sawyer, CEO of GWEC:
“We’re rapidly moving towards a sustainable energy future…but ‘Business as usual’ means that we’ll all soon be out of business. Time is the one thing we don’t have.”


  • The global wind market continues to power ahead, led by China, and with booming new markets in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. New markets are emerging in a steady stream in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This means that after a tough 2013 the global market will resume its stable growth, and end up just about doubling total global installations to just under 600GW by 2018. In order to save the climate, however, we must move faster.
  • Germany‚Äôs Energiewende is a bold step and an inspiration to countries around the world. However, we desperately need German political leadership as well, particularly at EU level, where the recent wave of policy instability is threatening Europe‚Äôs global leadership on both climate and energy policy. European leadership alone is not enough, but without it, we‚Äôre going nowhere.
  • Wind energy‚Äôs most compelling selling point today is its cost-competitiveness, combined with its energy security and environmental benefits. Wind is already competing successfully against heavily subsidized incumbents in a growing number of markets around the world as the technology and its implementation steadily improve. The sector is also an important creator of new industries and new jobs, especially in rural areas with few other economic opportunities.


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