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30 Oct 2008 05:10:15

Wind power could save 10bn tonnes CO2 by 2020

Wind power could save 10bn tonnes CO2 by 2020
Wind power could generate 30 per cent of the world's energy by 2050 and reduce emissions by up to 1.5 billion tonnes a year in the next 12 years, according to a new report.

The Global Wind Energy Outlook 2008 claims that by 2020, wind power could prevent the emission of ten billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Within the same time period, the report published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace, claims that wind power could account for 12 per cent of world electricity consumption.

GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer said: "It [wind power] is the only reliable emissions-free energy technology ready for massive deployment now, but governments have to act decisively to make this happen."

The report was launched at the Global Wind Power conference held in China.

Earlier this week, Beijing laid down the preconditions for negotiating on making commitments to cutting carbon emissions.

These included requiring developed countries to set aside one per cent of their GDP to help developing countries' renewables industries and to transfer technologies.



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31 Oct 2008

Wind power is inportant part the renawable energy mix, however in the UK very large turbines in tight clusters are being erected very close to peoples properties. The noise and flicker is causing ever larger numbers of people to leave their properties and rent elsewhereas as their properties are becoming worthless.
Unfortunately there is no compensation available with wind turbines unlike other public works which do offer compensation for property loss.

I am sure the pubic at large are not aware of this and although everyone is in favour of wind power they would not be happy if they realised how many people are being made destitue and homeless in the surge for wind power.
If there was an agreed minimum distance, say 2000metres, that turbines could be erected from properties, as there is in Europe, there would not be less of a problem.

farm wrote:

01 Nov 2008

I am confused by the lack of any easy connection to the numbers here. It reads like by 2020 we can produce 12% of global power with wind, and avoid 10 billion tonnes of CO2 spewing into the atmosphere. With an eight fold increase beyond we avoid 80 billion tons of CO2 per year. What is the weight of the atmosphere? Are we adding over 90 billion tons of weight per year and have been for a long time without considering forest fires or volcanoes.

Who can explain how much coal and oil and gas it takes to make that much CO2? 1,000 times as many tons of coal, 800 for oil and 400 for gas? Do we have ways to move that much weight around?

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