Welcome to the
Wind Energy Hub for COP27

Wind and solar energy leading the transition to a
net zero world and a sustainable future for all

It is vital at COP27 that the central role of renewable energy in mitigating climate change is reaffirmed, with wind and solar providing two-thirds of global power generation by 2050 in long-term Paris-compliant energy scenarios.


There must be a massive step-up in deployment of renewable energy in order to meet targets and expectations based on the IPCC’s conclusions, the Paris Agreement and increasing volume of net-zero commitments


Key to unlocking the potential of renewable energy is strong and practical action on-the-ground in order to create an environment that enables the rapid build-out of wind and solar energy. Government and international institutions must work closely with industry to create the right conditions for the vital ramping-up of capacity.

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More than 100 leading wind energy companies have called on Paris Signatories to streamline planning and permitting, upgrade grid infrastructure and evolve power markets to accelerate renewable energy deployment.

If the world is to get on track for 1.5°C-compliant pathway to net zero, annual global wind energy installations must quadruple by 2030 to around 390 GW per year, according to the International Energy Agency, and by 2050, wind energy must generate more than one-third of global electricity, up from 6% today.


Greater short- and long-term ambition in wind power is needed, in line with a net zero trajectory and energy security imperatives. While different regions of the world will transition at different speeds, concrete renewable installation or generation targets should carry a horizon to 2030, 2040 and beyond. Clear short-term actions for the next few years are then required to translate these ambitions into a market-ready framework and effective investment signals.


Scaling up wind energy is a win-win in terms of lowering energy prices, stimulating investment, economic growth and job creation and achieving climate targets while supporting energy security. But overly complex permitting schemes are slowing down deployment in some world-leading wind markets, from Italy to India. In some countries, nearly a decade of lead time is required to develop a wind project. This is a universal challenge which must be addressed on a grand scale to rapidly accelerate renewable energy. The COVID-19 experience has shown that robust physical and digital infrastructure can be assembled in an emergency to reorganise governing procedures and supply chains in line with national interests. Amid the energy security and climate crises, this urgency needs to be applied to renewable energy projects and enabling infrastructure.


Less than one-third of public and private energy investment today targets grid and storage solutions. Resources allocated to planning, constructing and modernising grids for the future energy system must dramatically step up within this decade. Development of secure, smart and flexible grids must keep pace with ever-larger shares of renewable energy on the system. This will require coordination among system operators, regulators, utilities and industry to conduct long-term forward-planning on grid expansion and reinforcement, electrification of transport and other sectors, creation of regional markets for power export and trading and ensuring cyber security.


In many countries, electricity markets struggle to send meaningful and timely investment signals in line with net zero ambitions. Once the current energy crisis eases, the merit order effect in more liberalised markets will mean that wholesale market revenues for renewable energy are cannibalised as wind and solar deployment increases. This price pressure will only intensify with limited volumes of project capacity available, increasing interest rates and rising demand for transition-related commodities and critical minerals. In some countries, auction design has encouraged “negative bidding,” which has been particularly unhelpful and undermines the viability of a renewables supply chain to replace fossil fuels.


Governments across the world face difficult choices in balancing energy security needs amid volatile fossil fuel prices and climate goals. But policymakers must be clear-eyed in their response packages and strategies: The speed of constructing new grid-scale renewable energy projects should be recognised and prioritised over investment in new fossil fuel infrastructure where possible. Wind energy is already set to displace fossil fuel generation in countries worldwide, offering affordable, scalable, zero-carbon power at huge capacity factors. This trend should be accelerated in the current crisis; any short-term energy security concerns must be carefully managed to avoid slowing down renewables expansion or creating stranded assets in the long-term. Government and financial actors should stick to their commitments to phase down coal and phase out subsidies for upstream/downstream fossil fuels, while rapidly scaling up clean power generation. Accelerating energy efficiency and energy conservation efforts in the near term can also ease the current energy crisis.


A 1.5°C-compliant energy transition results in net-positive socioeconomic effects compared to current policies, according to IRENA, including more jobs created through investment in large-scale renewable energy deployment, grid enhancement and energy efficiency. Global North-South cooperation and trust will be vital to ensuring the dividends of the energy transition are equitably distributed to everyone. Wind energy already promotes sustainable development in communities around the world and can play a key role in creating decent work and quality jobs, while enhancing financial flows towards climate-resilient growth in developing economies. Stronger alignment of national energy, climate, trade and industrial development policies can support fair, sustainable and local value creation as the transition advances. Through public-private programmes on reskilling and workforce transition, the growing wind sector offers green job opportunities for workers displaced by the energy transition, such as those in fossil fuels and ancillary sectors.


There is no shortage of capital for wind energy where an enabling investment environment exists. But to collectively accelerate renewable energy to new heights, financing in the energy sector – whether export finance, flows from state treasuries or private capital – must be decided under “Do No Significant Harm” principles that address social and environmental impacts, and avoid the risk of stranded fossil fuel assets. Climate targets should be mainstreamed across financial ministries, development banks and export credit agencies (ECAs) to align public spending with renewable energy and development goals. More organisations should commit to the pledge made by 39 entities at COP26 to align international public support towards the clean energy transition and out of unabated fossil fuels.


Effective and credible market approaches to carbon pricing can send strong market signals to drive investment in low-carbon technologies. COP26 and the Bonn conference of 2022 saw progress on the rules for international transfer of carbon credits and the Sustainable Development Mechanism for trading, but further work is needed to operationalise these to effectively recognise the economic and societal costs of emissions. Good practices for these mechanisms include determent of emissions at source and clear measurement and verification rules for the global carbon market.

Event Schedule

Blue Zone | Pavilion 51, Area C

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Meet the GWEC Team

Meet the team leading the Global Wind Coalition's work at COP27

Ben Backwell




Stewart Mullin




Rebecca Williams

Global Head of Offshore Wind





Emerson Clarke

Market Development Director


Sepi Golzari-Munro

Energy Transition Director





Wangari Muchiri

Director, Africa Wind Power





Reshmi Ladwa

Policy Officer


Alexander Bath

Communications Director


Rikke Povlsen

Global Head of Events





Gihan Montaser

COP27 Officer



Joyce Lee

Head of Policy and Projects
(Remote Operation)


Demitra Alexandrou

Communications Officer
(Remote Operation)



The Global Wind Energy Coalition for COP27

COP27 Coalition Champions

Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 157 GW of wind turbines in 88 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else.


The team at COP27

  • Morten Dyrholm, GSVP Marcom, Sustainability and Public Affairs
  • Rina Zeller Senior Specialist PA
  • Jose Luis Jimeno MED President
  • Pedro Huarte Head of PA MED


Please email Morten Dyrholm

Founded in 2012, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) today, is the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments and a global leader in offshore wind.


The team at COP

  • Partner Michael Hannibal
  • Partner Thomas Dalsgaard
  • Partner Philip Christiani
  • Associate Partner Lars Gert Lose
  • Global Public Affairs Lead Joachim Lind Koefoed

Please email Global Public Affairs Lead Joachim Lind Koefoed

Green Investment Group (GIG) is a specialist green investor within Macquarie Asset Management, and a global leader in the development of companies, assets and technologies that aim to accelerate the global transition to net zero.

For more information, visit greeninvestmentgroup.com and macquarie.com

The team at COP27:
Mark Dooley, Global Head, Green Investment Group
Contact: Please email Natalie Weimer

COP27 Coalition Members

Lekela delivers utility-scale projects which supply much-needed clean energy to communities across Africa, and focus on taking projects from mid or late-stage development into long-term operation.


The team at COP27:

  • Chris Antonopoulos- Lekela CEO
  • Faisal Eissa- Egypt General Manager
  • Heba Rabie- Business Development Manager

Contact: Please email Heba Rabie

Technology provider across the energy and Aerospace sectors.


The team at COP27: 

  • Roger Martella, Chief Sustainability Officer

Please contact Mai Abdelhalim

SSE is a leading renewable energy develop, operator and owner

The team at COP includes the CEO of SSE, MD of SSE Renewables and various others

Contact: Please email Pavel Miller

DNV is an independent expert in assurance and risk management, working across energy, maritime and digital sectors.


The team at COP27:

  • Al-Karim Govindji
  • Jan Zschommler
  • Hisham El Grawany
  • Osama Elsaadawy
  • Carlos Albero
  • Olga Rudkovskaya
  • Marte Rusten
  • Edwin Alders

Contact: Please email Al-Karim Govindji

The developer of an innovative hybrid floating offshore wind platform.

The team at COP27:

  • Jon Salazar (CEO and Founder)
  • Greg Yakovlev (Ambassador)

Contact: Please email Wendy Prabhu

COP27 Coalition Supporter

Invenergy is a leading privately-held developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy solutions.


The team at COP27:

  • Jim Murphy, President and Corporate Business Lead
  • Maggie Pakula, Senior Vice President, Strategy
  • Reine Rambert, Senior Associate, Global Risk and Government Affairs

Contact: Please email Reine Rambert

COP27 Coalition Offshore Wind Partner

COP27 Coalition Association Members