Brussels in brief, WW200911
Wind industry planning big presence at Copenhagen climate negotiations
The outcome of the climate negotiations will be critical for the long-term growth prospects of wind power around the world, and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is encouraging strong industry presence at COP15 in Copenhagen in December. More than 200 representatives from the wind energy industry have already confirmed their participation, including the CEOs of some of the leading companies.
GWEC is coordinating a campaign entitled ‘Wind Power Works’, which has set out to change perceptions on wind power and position it as a mature and serious player. This campaign is supported by the major wind energy companies, led by Vestas, Siemens and GE Energy, as well as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The objective of Wind Power Works activities at COP 15 is to give wind energy a larger presence at the negotiations, create a ‘buzz’ around the technology and inform policy makers that wind energy has the ability to transform the energy sector with a clean, emissions free and economic solution.
A number of wind power related activities are planned in Copenhagen:
- Vestas wind turbine at the Bella Center (where the conference is being held)
- LM Glasfiber 61.5m turbine blade at Bella Center
- Regular boat tours to Middelgrunden wind farm
- Wind Power Dinner for CEOs, VIPs and key negotiators (13 December - by invitation only)
- Wind Power Works reception at Oddfellow Paleet, Copenhagen (15 December, 7-10pm)
- Wind Power Works partners and GWEC members’ lunch
- Meetings with business and industry non-governmental organisations (BINGOs)
- Regular briefings on the negotiations for wind industry representatives
- Wind power presence at Bright Green exhibition in central Copenhagen (www.brightgreen.dk)
- Wind presence at the ‘Climate Consortium’ exhibition in the Bella Center
- EWEA exhibition booth
- Wind Power Works exhibition booth
- Wind power official side event (date pending)
In addition, a number of press and media activities are planned to raise the profile of wind energy in the reporting from COP15.