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In yet another sign of the increasing seriousness with which wind energy is being regarded internationally, the United Nations is asking the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) to join its list of official advisers. The UN is currently negotiating for an international Protocol to the Convention on Climate Change, involving negotiation of a variety of directives, regulations and international treaties on energy and the environment. "Whilst not publicised in the world media [the protocol] will have considerable impact on the way we will utilise energy and generate electricity in the next century," says EWEA. Officially, EWEA now has to apply for consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. "The UN . . . recognises the role that renewables in general and wind energy in particular can play in meeting future clean and sustainable supply of electricity," says EWEA's Christophe Bourillon. "The UN is showing a political commitment to renewables that has been lacking at the European level. Wind energy is no longer a research project. It is a business -- and a serious business."

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