Global Wind Energy Council
From Open Energy Information
Global Wind Energy Council is an organization based in Brussels, Belgium.
"GWEC works on both the national and international level to create a better policy environment for wind power. International discussions over our energy and climate future will dominate the policy and public landscape for the next two years, at least. On an international level, the most important factor affecting the development of the wind industry over the next decade will be the outcome of the post-2012 climate negotiations, currently scheduled to conclude in Copenhagen in December 2009. The science is clear: According to the IPCC, global emissions have to peak and start to decline before 2020 if we are to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Wind energy is the only power generation technology in the position to making a substantial difference in reducing CO2 emissions in this critical period. Already now, over 120 GW of installed wind power capacity in over 70 countries are saving the planet a sizeable amount of carbon emissions. But wind power can do much more. GWEC estimates that wind energy is on track to creating annual savings of over 1,500 million tons of CO2 by 2020, rising to 3.5 billion tons by 2030. In cumulative terms, this would mean a total of 10 billion tons of CO2 saved by 2020, and over 30 billion tons by 2030."