HAMBURG – The European Union is seeing an increased role for wind energy as the bloc’s tries to lead efforts to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.

Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will give the opening speech at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg on September 25 kick staring discussions on the future of the global wind energy industry.

The Hamburg summit is one the largest meetings of the wind power industry worldwide, bringing together stakeholders from business, politics and civil society. International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol and WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson will be among the panelists discussing the future of wind energy in Europe.

The European Commission said in a press release on September 24 that wind energy, as one of the main sources of clean and renewable energy, is an essential element for the modernisation of the European economy making it cleaner and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

With costs coming down in recent years, there has been a steady increase in the production of clean and renewable energy, and wind power constitutes a large part of this growth. Just recently, as part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package of measures, the EU has agreed on new ambitious targets for 2030 for renewable energy and energy efficiency, paving the way for an ever-growing role for wind energy, an energy source which is indispensable for the EU to achieve global leadership in renewable energies, the Commission said, noting that continued close dialogue between all stakeholders is needed to maintain support from European citizens for the energy transition.