European wind industry collaboration to assist in meeting renewables targets

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A collaboration between the Chinese and European wind industries and Greenpeace aims to ensure that wind power plays a massive role in China's energy future. During four days of discussions in Beijing, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association (CREIA), the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and Greenpeace pledged to assist China to "meet, if not exceed" the country's new renewable energy targets it announced at the international renewable energy conference in Bonn, Germany, in June (Windpower Monthly, July 2004). The Chinese government aims to meet 12% of the country's electricity requirements from renewable energy sources by 2020 and is preparing a new law to establish a market framework for the development of wind power (Windpower Monthly, September 2003). "The whole world has a vested interest in helping China meet its development needs without further destabilising the climate," says Yu Jie of Greenpeace. The country's proposed renewable energy law, which is expected to be finalised by early next year, has generated great interest internationally, says CREIA's Li Junfeng. "China's anticipated entry into the global renewable energy market is expected to have a profound impact on the global industry. We have spent a lot of time and energy learning from the successes and failures of our partners in Europe and around the world. We believe that this law can start a renewable energy revolution in China." Corin Millais from EWEA adds that European experience shows that with the right policy framework, wind energy can play a major role in China's energy future.

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