EWEA: Wind Power Meeting Kyoto Commitments

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While United Nations (UN) climate negotiations show no sign of significant progress, calculations from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) show that wind energy is achieving over a quarter of the emissions reductions required under the current Kyoto agreement.

Recent UN climate negotiations ‘produced little more than the agenda for further negotiations,’ according to EWEA.

‘An international agreement remains absolutely vital, but it's clear that while there's an impasse in the negotiations, many countries around the globe are getting on with avoiding [carbon dioxide (CO2)] emissions by installing wind energy and other renewable energy sources,’ says Remi Gruet, regulatory affairs officer at EWEA.

EWEA calculations show that at the end of 2010, global wind energy avoided 255 metric tons of CO2, equivalent to 26% of the emissions reductions commitment of industrialized countries under the Kyoto Protocol.

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