Climate policies cannot be successful without the transformation of the energy system to clean carbon-free generation, which necessitates the large scale application of renewable sources, as the key factor to CO2 reduction. The development of renewables is far from making a real impact in the final energy consumption, as still, approximately, 80% of the total final energy consumption is met by fossil fuels.
Wind power remains the spearhead of renewables development and as costs plummet, the large scale implementation of wind energy, both onshore and offshore, is an absolute must if climate targets of maintaining average temperature rise below 1.5o Celsius are to be even considered as a viable target.
GCC countries blessed with vast uninhabited land expanses and considerable wind resource can play a leading role in this.
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