LONDON — The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has released a report calling on governments to work with the private sector to rapidly scale up wind and renewable energy installations.
There were a record 93 gigawatts of installations in 2020, the report said, but current growth rates are falling behind a net zero trajectory and will only put the world on track for 43 per cent of the wind capacity required by 2050, according to leading international energy institutions IRENA and the IEA.
The council, representing more than 90 wind energy companies including manufacturers, supply chain actors, investors and industry bodies, says to get on track, annual wind energy installations worldwide must quadruple within the next decade, a recent statement stated.
Measures being called for include increasing wind power ambition and updating nationally determined contributions, national climate strategies and long-term energy plans; phasing out coal-based generation immediately; streamlining permitting schemes for renewable energy projects; and initiating plans to rapidly build out clean energy grids and charging stations for electric vehicles.
“Governments must respond decisively to the current climate emergency to ensure a viable future for current and future generations,” stated GWEC CEO Ben Backwell, noting the report was being issued in advance of the COP26 climate meeting taking place in Aberdeen in November.
“Achieving a rapid transition from fossil fuels is a key part of the solution.”