As the Kyoto Protocol entered into force on February 16, requiring 35 of the world's most industrialised countries and the EU to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) issued a reminder that wind power is one of the leading global solutions to tackle climate change. "Wind power is one of the few power technologies that has the maturity, clout and global muscle to deliver deep cuts in CO2," says EWEA's Corin Millais. "Wind power is a proven technology and it has to be in any government's top five climate to-do list." In Europe, wind power is already saving 50 million tonnes of CO2 a year and is on course to save 109 million tonnes of CO2 by 2010, says EWEA. This would deliver more than 30% of the EU's total Kyoto obligation of reducing greenhouse gases by 8% below 1990 levels by 2012.
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