BRUSSELS — An alliance of CEOs of the global wind industry have called on G20 members to show leadership on climate protection by immediately laying out concrete plans for increased wind energy production.
Representing the Global Wind Energy Coalition (GWEC) for COP26, the 23 CEOs have sent an open letter to leaders of the G20 acknowledging while some progress has been made in energy transition, current net zero pledges from G20 countries still put the world on a 2.4 C global warming pathway, well beyond what is needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Meanwhile, wind energy and renewables installations are currently falling well short of the trajectory needed to meet international climate goals, requiring urgent action to improve energy policies, the CEOs said in a July 19 statement.
“G20 member countries represent more than 80 per cent of global energy-related carbon emissions – so the leaders of these countries hold the power and public duty to transform the world’s energy system,” said GWEC CEO Ben Backwell in a statement. “These countries need to get serious about renewables, and in particular wind energy, as the clean energy solution with the most potential to help the world meet its Paris Agreement targets.”
The letter is signed by the leaders of the largest wind power companies including Vestas Wind Systems, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Orsted, SSE, RWE and Mainstream Renewable Power, and associations representing the industry in such regions as the U.K., Brazil, China, Mexico, and South Africa.
The recent roadmap from the International Energy Agency shows that annual wind deployment must quadruple from 93 GW in 2020 to 390 GW in 2030 to meet a net zero by 2050 scenario.