Top Wind CEOs Call on G20 to ‘Get Serious’ About Renewables


BRUSSELS, July 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Top CEOs of the Global Wind Industry Joined in Calling on G20 Members to Show Leadership in the Climate Crisis by Raising National Ambitions and Urgently Developing Concrete Plans to Increase Production wind power to replace fossil fuels.

Representative of the Global Wind Energy Coalition for COP26, 23 CEOs sent an open letter to G20 leaders acknowledging that while progress has been made in the energy transition, the current net zero commitments of G20 countries still put the world on track for 2 global warming. , 4 ° C, well beyond what is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Meanwhile, wind power and renewable energy installations are currently well below the trajectory needed to meet international climate goals, requiring urgent action to improve energy policies.

“G20 member countries account for over 80% of global energy-related carbon emissions – the leaders of these countries therefore hold the power and the public duty to transform the global energy system,” said CEO of GWEC Ben backwell. “These countries must take renewable energy seriously, and in particular wind power, as the clean energy solution with the most potential to help the world meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

The letter is signed by executives from the largest wind energy companies – including Vestas Wind Systems, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Orsted, SSE, RWE and Mainstream Renewable Power, and associations representing the industry in key geographies such as than the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, Mexico, and South Africa.

The signatories stress that the recent roadmap of the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that annual wind deployment is expected to quadruple from 93 GW in 2020 to 390 GW in 2030 to achieve a net zero scenario by 2050. The IEA and IRENA are aligned with the total wind power capacity required for a net zero scenario compatible with a 1.5 ° C warming trajectory, forecasting a requirement of 8,265 GW and 8,100 GW by 2050, respectively.

If current wind energy growth rates persist, the letter argues that global wind capacity will fall significantly below the volumes required for carbon neutrality by 2050, with installation deficits of up to 57% by the time. 2050.

“The G20 countries have huge untapped wind potential that can meet a significant portion of national electricity demand, but they are only scratching the surface of what they can deploy. With the current pace of wind installations across the world, forecasts show that we will only install less than half of the wind capacity needed to reach net zero by 2050, ”said Rebecca williams, Director of COP26 at GWEC.

To achieve this necessary level of deployment, the open letter calls on the G20 countries to:

  1. Increase ambition for wind power at the national level.
  2. Implement effective policy and regulatory frameworks for the supply and delivery of renewable energy.
  3. Commit to planning clean energy infrastructure, including grids and transmission.
  4. Agree on effective and credible carbon pricing mechanisms.
  5. Align national and regional financial flows with the benchmarks for a net trajectory in line with 1.5 ° C.
  6. Develop coherent and inclusive policies that devote public resources to the transition to a net zero economy.

Over the past 20 years, wind power has demonstrated its ability to increase production exponentially while reducing costs, creating millions of skilled jobs and stimulating large-scale infrastructure investments.

But the letter stresses that achieving the scale and speed of deployment necessary to harness these advantages and achieve net zero ambitions is unrealistic under current “business as usual” conditions, and unachievable without a decisive and urgent policy change in the world. the G20 countries.

The open letter to G20 heads of state was also shared with a number of government, energy, financial and institutional leaders, including leaders of COP26, UNFCCC, IRENA, IEA, IMF, WEF and a number of multilateral development banks.

Annex

– The complete list of signatory CEOs:

  • GWEC : Ben backwell, CEO
  • Renewable UK: Dan McGrail, General manager
  • ESS: Alistair Phillips Davies, CEO
  • Orsted : Mads Nipper, CEO
  • Renewable energy for the general public: Marie quaney, CEO of the group
  • Vestas wind systems: Henrik andersen, president and chief executive officer of the group
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy: Andreas Nauen, CEO
  • Bachmann: Bernhard Zangerl, CEO
  • RES: Ivor catto, CEO
  • Aker Offshore Wind Farm: Tove Roskaft, chief operating officer
  • RWE Renewables GmbH: Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO
  • BayWa re AG: Matthias taft, CEO
  • Power principle: Aaron smith, commercial director
  • AMDEE (Mexican Wind Energy Association): Leopoldo Alberto Rodríguez Olivé, President
  • ABEEolica (Brazilian Wind Energy Association): Elbia Gannoum, CEO
  • SER Colombia (Association of Renewable Energies of Colombia): German Avella corridor, CEO
  • Akselos: Thomas Leurent, CEO
  • CEA (Argentine Wind Association): René Vaca Guzmán, President
  • DNV: Ditlev Engel, CEO, Energy Systems
  • EDPR: Miguel stilwell d’Andrade, CEO, EDP and EDPR
  • Glennmont partners from Nuveen: Joost bergsma, CEO
  • South African Wind Energy Association: Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO
  • CWEA (China Wind Energy Association): Qin Haiyan, General secretary

– For an online press kit, including the G20 Newsletter, wind energy statistics, photos, quotes and subject matter experts available for interviews, please click here.

About GWEC

GWEC is a membership organization that represents the entire wind energy industry. GWEC members represent more than 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewable energy associations, energy suppliers. electricity, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/.

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SOURCE World Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

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