Steve Sawyer, CEO of GWEC:
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre rapidly moving towards a sustainable energy future‚Ä¶but ‚ÄòBusiness as usual‚Äô means that we‚Äôll all soon be out of business. Time is the one thing we don‚Äôt have.‚Äù
- 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.
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is the global trade association representing the wind industry. GWEC works at the highest international political level to create a better policy environment for wind power. GWEC‚Äôs mission is to ensure that wind power establishes itself as the answer to today’s energy challenges, providing substantial environmental and economic benefits. For more information: www.gwec.net.
GWEC is the official global partner of WindEnergy Hamburg
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