Wind Association Attends Climate Negotiations

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is attending the next round of international climate change negotiations being held in New Delhi from October 23 until November 1.

Brussels, Belgium – October 28, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The UN has said that Governments are preparing for the “Kyoto Protocol starting gun” and that this meeting will put a spotlight on clean technology. The Protocol is anticipated to come into force early 2003. Corin Millais, Chief Executive of EWEA will present Wind Force 12, a blueprint to achieve 12 percent of the world’s electricity from wind power by 2020 at two official meetings. October 29 will include the Presentation on International Wind Energy Scenarios “Wind Power in India – Approaches and Prospects” organized by the Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources with the Indian Minister and various dignitaries, Indian and International speakers. October 30 will include the Presentation on Wind Power and its contribution to climate change; official UN side event with EWEA, Greenpeace International and Rakesh Bakshi of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association. At the negotiations EWEA will attend a number of other events and inform policymakers, the media, businesses and other stakeholders about the potential of wind power to combat climate change. “EWEA is on the spot at the negotiations with three key objectives – to promote wind power to international and national policymakers, to establish links with a wide variety of climate community stakeholders and identify areas to further enhance the role of wind power,” said Millais. “Wind Force12 shows that the industrial development of wind power is beginning to outstrip very mild policy targets,” Millais said. For example, the wind industry is capable of installing over 230,000 MW worldwide by 2010, yet policies do not yet reflect our full potential.” More than 3,000 delegates from 185 countries are attending the meeting. The high level session will take place on 30 and 31 October with an address by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and around 80 world ministers participating.

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