The World's Choice: Burn 40% More Fossil Fuel or Boost Global Wind Power by 2030

BRUSSELS, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ -

- Global Wind Day on 15 June -

By 2030 the world's primary energy consumption is expected to grow by 40%. The global population will rise from 7 billion people now to over 8 billion people in 20 years. More than half of the growing fossil fuel consumption would be used to generate power unless the world leaders boost wind power and other renewable energies. Without much more wind and renewable power production, CO2 emission would explode: plus 30%.

Just days before the 'Rio +20' global conference, thousands of citizens all over the world will discover the power of wind energy. On 15 June, over 50 organisations are joining together to present 'Global Wind Day', while citizens engage to support wind power. Last year more than 230 events were organised in 40 countries, including wind farm visits, open air concerts and public debates.

This year, ahead of Global Wind Day, 2,300 people from 65 countries participated in a wind power photo competition, including one sender from a scientific station in Antarctica. 16 Global Wind Day ambassadors, including Adnan Amin, the Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), support this year's events: In Hamburg a charity run, In Wembley, London, a Football tournament, in New Zealand, painting competitions in schools, in Boston, USA, the "Energy Week 2012", and spectacular "Abseiling" from wind turbines in Austria...

SOURCE EWEA European Wind Energy Association

For further information:

Global Wind Day website:

European Wind Energy Association (EWEA):

Global Wind Energy Council: 

Peter Sennekamp, Media Officer, Tel: +32-2-213-18-33 EWEA - European Wind Energy Association asbl/vzw Rue d'Arlon 80 | B-1040 Brussels

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