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Wind could meet 12 percent of global power demand by 2020, and up to 22 percent by 2030, according to a study published today by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.
The ‘Global Wind Energy Outlook 2010’ finds that wind power could play a key role in satisfying the world’s increasing power demand, while at the same time achieving major greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The 1,000GW of wind power capacity projected to be installed by 2020 would save as much as 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 every year, says the study. These reductions would represent 50-75 percent of the cumulative emissions reductions that industrialised countries committed to in their 2020 ‘Copenhagen pledges’. By 2030, a total of 34 billion tons of CO2; would be saved by 2,300GW of wind power capacity.