Global Wind Energy Manifesto
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and more than 90 global wind power leaders released the Global Wind Energy Manifesto for COP26 at the BNEF London summit, calling on governments to ‘get serious’ ahead of COP26.
COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and will be attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty agreed in 1994. COP26 is the 26th meeting, and takes place from 1-12 November 2021. Delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the world is heading to Glasgow, Scotland, where the event will formally be hosted under the UK Presidency.
The eight point plan of the Manifesto sets out how the wind industry can help the world achieve net zero emissions, working with government, business, finance and civil society.
The wind industry has the tools available to achieve ambitious targets, like quadrupling the amount of wind energy deployed globally. This manifesto asks governments to help the wind industry get there.
According to the manifesto national policymakers in every region of the world must:
1. Increase wind power ambition and reflect this in updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), comprehensive national climate strategies and long-term energy plans.
2. Commit to rapid phase-out of coal-based generation now.
3. Design and implement energy markets for the future.
4. Implement streamlined and sensible permitting schemes for renewable energy projects to accelerate deployment and minimise project attrition.imise project attrition.
5. Initiate plans to rapidly build out clean energy grids and charging stations for electric vehicles.
6. Develop cohesive and inclusive policies which dedicate public resource to the people-centred shift to a net zero economy.
7. Align national and regional finance flows with benchmarks for a net zero, 1.5°C-compliant pathway.
8. Advance voluntary cooperation on carbon pricing under Articles 6.2 and 6.4 of the Paris Agreement.