in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) recently called upon German Chancellor Angela Merkel to hold firm in her resolve to have the G8 commit to specific measures to combat global climate change. According to the organization, the G8 Heads of State and Government meet in Heiligendamn, Germany, for their annual summit later this week.

"It is crucial for the G8 leaders to provide clear direction, setting a long-term target as well as making the commitment to negotiate legally binding emission reduction targets for the period after 2012," says Steve Sawyer, GWEC's secretary general. "These negotiations must begin this year and conclude no later than 2009."

The Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) recently published "Fourth Assessment Report" confirmed the need to deploy existing renewable energy technologies at a large scale in order to combat danger climate change. As a leading source of clean energy, wind power is in a prime position to deliver cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, GWEC says.

"The time between now and 2020 is the critical period when global emissions must peak and then begin to decline," comments Herrmann Albers, president of the German Bundesverband WindEnergie. "Wind energy can and must play a major role in achieving the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, and the sector stands ready to do its part."


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Utility-Scale Wind And Solar Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study measures the levelized cost of energy from various technologies and suggests that the costs of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


The Song Remains The Same: Ontario Seeks More Science Before Lifting Offshore Ban

The Ontario government says the nearly four-year-old offshore wind moratorium will remain in place until the province fully understands the technology’s impact on the environment.


Why States Should Adopt A Renewable Portfolio Standard

A new study analyzes the potential benefits of state renewable energy mandates, as well as recommends what such policies should include.


Sen. Reid Vows To Bring Wind PTC To A Vote By Year's End

Nevada's senior senator provides some encouragement to wind industry advocates during his annual Clean Energy Summit.


Steadily, Wind Turbine OEMs Resume R&D Investment

An increased commitment to research and development will likely lead to wind energy innovation - not to mention a likely increase in patent-protected technology.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984
Future Energy_id2008
UnitedEquip_id1995