WWF Calls for Higher Renewable Goals

The WWF, formerly the World Wildlife Fund, rejects the targets on Renewable Energy that are apparently being negotiated by bureaucrats at the Johannesburg Earth Summit and calls on Ministers to fight for a real new renewables target of 10 percent by 2010.

Johannesburg, South Africa – August 29, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Countries such as the US, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Canada and Australia have been blocking any discussion of targets for Renewable Energy, according to the conservation group. WWF has learned that in an attempt to break this logjam, bureaucrats are putting together a paper with two options for Ministers to discuss when they arrive in Johannesburg. Apparently one of these options will have a target and the other will have no target. While the option with a target is clearly unacceptable, WWF believes that the rumored “real target” of increasing the global share of renewables to 15 percent by 2010 is meaningless. The proposed 15 percent target would include large hydro dams, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal. Currently the global share of these renewables is 14 percent. This proposal therefore would not only allow business as usual, but would also create new incentives for large hydro and unsustainable biomass around the world. “This target would be absolutely unacceptable,” said Jennifer Morgan, Director of WWF’s Climate Change Programme. “Ministers must stop this process which is producing nothing more than the lowest common denominator, and ensure that this Summit produces a real renewable energy target that will benefit people and the planet.” WWF believes that Ministers should support a Brazilian proposal for a 10 percent new renewable target by 2012. This proposal explicitly excludes large hydro dams and unsustainable biomass and would significantly increase the share of Renewable Energy around the world. Minister Trittin of Germany and European Commissioner Wallstrom are expected to arrive over the next days. WWF is calling on them, as well as Minister Beckett of the UK, to take the lead in ensuring that the Summit produces a real signal that renewable energy is a big part of the future.

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