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Europe’s Just Transition Fund must rise to the challenge

On 3 December WindEurope Deputy CEO Malgosia Bartosik called for an ambitious Just Transition Fund – a “must have” if we want the energy transition to work for all Europeans. Bartosik spoke on a panel in Brussels about financing the energy transition alongside: MEP Jerzy Buzek; Marc Lemaître, Director General for Regional and Urban development … Continue reading Europe’s Just Transition Fund must rise to the challenge

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Wind energy is the energy with the greatest potential to combat climate change

Wind energy prevents the emission of 26 million tons of CO2 / year in Spain. Thanks to the 26 million tons of CO2 that the wind power avoids per year, the electricity sector is the only sector that has managed to reduce its emissions compared to 1990. The wind turbines avoided, in 2018, the import … Continue reading Wind energy is the energy with the greatest potential to combat climate change

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IRENA at COP25

IRENA will be present at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) that takes place in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019. Together with a wide range of partners, IRENA will ensure through a series of high-level events, panel discussions and initiatives, that renewable energy is at the highest level on the global agenda … Continue reading IRENA at COP25

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Hope or disaster at stake in Madrid climate talks

The decisions taken at climate change talks that started on December 2 in Madrid will define whether we take a path towards hope or a path towards disaster, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said. At a buzzing and colorful conference center in the Spanish capital the 25th Conference of the Parties, got underway, with policymakers … Continue reading Hope or disaster at stake in Madrid climate talks

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Wind power at the COP25

The Spanish wind energy sector launches the #WINDforPlanet campaign on the occasion of the celebration of COP25. An initiative in which we tell you the contribution of wind power to combat climate change.At www.windforplanet.org you can access information on wind and climate change, expert testimonies, event calendar, COP25 photo album, our activities and much more. … Continue reading Wind power at the COP25

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The twenty-fifth climate summit (COP25) has started this morning in Madrid

The twenty-fifth climate summit (COP25) has started this morning in Madrid with an emergency call to promote action with climate change and a commitment from Brussels to propose the first transition law towards climate neutrality. Endesa, a diamond sponsor of this COP 25, has been present at the official opening of this event that, under … Continue reading The twenty-fifth climate summit (COP25) has started this morning in Madrid

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Wind energy wins the legal battle in Mexico

Mexico’s wind power industry held a big victory on Thursday after a federal court reversed a decision on a change in the renewable credit rule that critics have been detrimental to the sector. After wind energy companies, including the US AES and Italian Enel, filed precautionary measures in courts throughout Mexico, a federal judge in … Continue reading Wind energy wins the legal battle in Mexico

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Energy companies call for a more ambitious 2030 climate target for the EU

Today, in an open letter to European Environment and Climate Ministers, Ørsted and six other European energy companies support a carbon-neutral EU by 2050. These companies also ask the EU to increase the 2030 target for greenhouse-gas reduction to at least 55%. It is crucial that the EU speeds up the implementation of green energy solutions now … Continue reading Energy companies call for a more ambitious 2030 climate target for the EU

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Cooperation and regulation on grids will be vital to reaching 450 GW of offshore wind energy

One of the keys to unlocking offshore wind’s potential is the build-up of an offshore grid. Its construction could be a hotbed of innovation, leveraging the newest technologies. But, as a panel of policy and industry experts explained this morning at WindEurope Offshore 2019 in Copenhagen, implementing this will require a high degree of coordination … Continue reading Cooperation and regulation on grids will be vital to reaching 450 GW of offshore wind energy

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Increase in the contribution of wind energy to Spain

In 2018, the wind energy sector accounted for 0.31% of GDP in Spain. It has generated employment for 23,972 professionals and has allowed companies to export wind turbines for more than 2,181 million euros, contributing to improve the balance of payments The increase in the GDP of the wind power has been 5.8%, compared to … Continue reading Increase in the contribution of wind energy to Spain

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Full industrialisation of offshore wind power requires collaboration & communication between ports

Collaboration and communication will be essential to successfully industrialise Europe’s offshore wind energy industry as it works towards 450 GW. That was the key take-away from this morning’s session on ports and the industrialisation of offshore wind farm. The session gathered a notably international audience, comprising many industry players from markets like Japan and India … Continue reading Full industrialisation of offshore wind power requires collaboration & communication between ports

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Radar issues and lack of regulation blocks offshore wind energy

In an environment of increased offshore wind energy and net-zero emissions targets, how do we keep our sea and airspace safe, secure and low-carbon? The massive expansion of offshore wind power must be achieved in tandem with a happy coexistence with military and other interests at sea. Today at WindEurope Offshore 2019 in Copenhagn, a … Continue reading Radar issues and lack of regulation blocks offshore wind energy

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GWEC and GWO join forces to power the global wind energy workforce

Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have signed a partnership agreement to highlight the importance of safety, training and job creation to power wind energy development and the global energy transition. Currently wind energy provides 1.2 million jobs globally, according to IRENA’s Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review 2019, with … Continue reading GWEC and GWO join forces to power the global wind energy workforce

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The future of offshore wind energy financing: the capital is there – but we need long-term visibility

Getting the financials right will be key to securing the 450 GW of offshore wind power the European Commission envisages for 2050. Sustained levels of investments will be essential for projects and for grid development.  This morning at WindEurope Offshore 2019 in Copenhagen, a panel of experts – including financiers, policymakers and investment bankers – … Continue reading The future of offshore wind energy financing: the capital is there – but we need long-term visibility

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Industry experts offer solutions to workforce bottle-necks in offshore wind power

Delivering 450 GW by 2050 (or even 100 GW by 2030) sets significant technological, business and policy challenges for the offshore wind energy industry. But it is also a formidable human resources challenge. What will be the recruitment needs to deliver the first 100 GW? Can the offshore wind energy industry attract and retain the … Continue reading Industry experts offer solutions to workforce bottle-necks in offshore wind power

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How to keep Europe’s offshore wind energy supply chain competitive?

The growth of Europe’s wind energy industry has brought great opportunities, but it has also put the supply chain under unprecedented pressure. To get to 450 GW of offshore wind power by 2050, Europe will need a wind turbines industry capable of rising to the technological challenge while keeping offshore wind at competitive cost levels. … Continue reading How to keep Europe’s offshore wind energy supply chain competitive?

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The EU’s big goals for offshore wind energy are achievable, between 230 and 450 GW by 2050

The EU Commission’s big goals for offshore wind power – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and Governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning. That’s the conclusion of a new WindEurope report ‘Our energy, our future’ released today at Offshore 2019 in … Continue reading The EU’s big goals for offshore wind energy are achievable, between 230 and 450 GW by 2050

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IRENA to Encourage Renewable Energy Ambition at COP25

IRENA will be present at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) that takes place in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019. Together with a wide range of partners, through a series of high-level events, panel discussions and initiatives,  IRENA will ensure that renewable energy is at the highest level on the global agenda of … Continue reading IRENA to Encourage Renewable Energy Ambition at COP25

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Heliogen Is Bill Gates’ Latest Venture That Is Only Good For Oil & Gas

Bill Gates seems to love to invest in things that aren’t going to make much of a difference to climate change but that are good for the fossil fuel industry. The latest is Heliogen, a company which uses machine learning to make solar ovens hotter and more reliable. The problems are rife with the technology … Continue reading Heliogen Is Bill Gates’ Latest Venture That Is Only Good For Oil & Gas

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