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GWEC calls for industry participation in climate change negotiations

09.07.2008

The world will be watching when global politicians and decision makers gather for the COP 14 and 15 meetings in Poznań (December 2008) and Copenhagen (December 2009). Climate change has reached the top of the political agenda for governments and citizens around the world. Wind energy has a strong case as a climate change solution and it deserves a place at the table.

The wind industry has strong interest in the outcome of the climate change negotiations. With the first Kyoto commitment period coming to an end, the period in the run-up to the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) will be crucial for the future of the wind energy industry. The follow-up treaty for the period beyond 2012 will be key for preserving current growth rates and creating new business opportunities.

Wind energy can and must play a central role in the energy revolution, but there is very little understanding among politicians, policy-makers and the media about the tremendous potential of wind energy as a climate change solution.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has partnered with EWEA and the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) to run a high-profile media campaign during the crucial 12 months of negotiations between COP14 in Poznań, Poland, and COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark: Wind Power Works. This campaign is designed to increase the visibility of the wind industry vis-à-vis international media and decision makers, and to present wind energy as the best supply-side solution to combat climate change between now and 2020.

A number of companies and associations have already pledged their support for the campaign, including Siemens, Vestas, Iberdrola, LM Glasfiber, Suzlon, ABB, Dong and many others.

GWEC will participate in COP14 and COP15 by organising side events, exhibitions and receptions, and by actively lobbying decision-makers. The Council strongly encourages all industry members to get involved in the climate change negotiations by supporting the Wind Power Works campaign, and by showing physical presence at the COP meetings. However, please be aware that there are a limited number of hotel rooms in Poznań.

To find out more about the Wind Power Works campaign and GWEC’s activities at the COP14 and 15 meetings, please contact Angelika Pullen at [email protected].

To make hotel bookings in Poznań, contact:

Ms. Dominika Czechlewska
Word Trade Center
Dominika.czechlewska[at]wtc-poznan.com.pl
Tel: +48 61 869 26 49

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