G8 Climate Compromise Welcomed by Global Wind Industry

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has welcomed the outcome of last week’s G8 Summit on combating climate change. While the deal falls behind the ambitions of the EU, Canada and Japan, as well as the German government that hosted the meeting, it does send a clear signal that all G8 governments agree on the urgent need to fight climate change.

According to the Summit Declaration, there is a commitment “to take strong and early action to tackle climate change in order to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

In particular, GWEC welcomes the call for at least a halving of global CO2 emissions by 2050. This target, which was adopted by the EU, Canada and Japan, will now be “seriously considered” in setting a global goal for emissions reductions.

G8 leaders also agreed that “the UN climate process is the appropriate forum for negotiating future global action on climate change” and stated their commitment to move forward in that forum.

The G8 Summit Declaration states the urgent need to “develop, deploy and foster the use of sustainable, less carbon intensive, clean energy and climate-friendly technologies in all areas of energy production and use,” including renewable energies, carbon capture and storage, clean coal and nuclear power. Of all these options, however, wind energy is the only one that can deliver deep cuts in CO2 emissions in the short space of time in which they are needed.

“The wind industry is poised and ready to do its part. Wind can make the greatest contribution to CO2 abatement of all the clean technologies in the critical period between now and 2020, when experts agree that global GHG emissions must peak and begin to decline,” said Steve Sawyer, GWEC’s Secretary General.

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