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."

IowaDeptEconDevel_id1863

Helukabel_id1908
Latest Top Stories

Report Disputes U.S. Agency's Renewable Energy Projections

A new analysis from the Sun Day Campaign says renewables are slated to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2018 - over 20 years earlier than forecast by the Energy Information Administration.


Kansas Renewables Mandate Survives Yet Another Attack, But Is It Too Early To Celebrate?

Over the past three years, some legislators have tried to either weaken or repeal the state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Kansas utilities to reach 20% renewables by 2020.


AWEA Highlights U.S. Wind Success Stories Of 2013

Despite a 92% drop in new capacity last year, the sector still has myriad reasons to celebrate, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association.


Feds List New Bird Species As Threatened - Should Wind Developers Be Worried?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. An expert explains how this might affect the wind industry.


Senate Committee Passes Bill With Two-Year PTC Extension

The Senate Finance Committee has voted on a tax extenders package, which includes both the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit, and sent it to the floor.

UEA_id1896
JLG_id1900
WomenofWind_id
Acciona_id1907
bonfiglioli_id1913
AWEA_id1886