Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016 (Webinar)

15 December 2016

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Presentation—Steve Sawyer: Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016 (Webinar Presentation)

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), hosted this webinar on the recently released Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016.

The new Global Wind Energy Outlook 2016 (GWEO) presents three visions of the future of the global wind energy industry out to 2020, 2030 and up to 2050. The scenarios compare the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) central scenario from its World Energy Outlook with the IEA’s 450 Scenario and the GWEC Moderate and Advanced scenarios developed especially for this report. The results show how the global wind industry will deliver in terms of global electricity supply, CO2 emissions savings, employment, cost reductions and investment. These four supply-side scenarios are then compared with two different scenarios for the development of electricity demand.

The report features a preface from the International Renewable Energy Agency's Adnan Amin; a chapter on The Future of Wind; figures for ten regions worldwide out to 2020, 2030 and 2050; and much more.

Attendees learned:

  • How much of the global electricity demand will wind power cover out to 2020, 2030 and 2050?
  • How much CO2 will be avoided by wind power?
  • How many people will be employed globally by the sector?
  • What type of cost reductions and investment rates will be in place by 2020 and 2030?
  • Projections about the future of wind power.

Presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Steve SawyerSteve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council

Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General of GWEC, has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. At GWEC, he is focused on working with intergovernmental organizations such as the UNFCCC, IPCC, IRENA, IEA, IFC and ADB to ensure that wind power takes its rightful place in the energy options for the future; and with opening up new markets for the industry worldwide.