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What is your name?
Steve Sawyer
What organisation do you work for?
Global Wind Energy Council
Please summarise your areas of climate-change expertise (in terms of subjects and geographical areas)
General background and history of the issue...have been involved since 1988;
Focus on power sector mitigation technologies, market mechanisms
Focus on key developing countries: China, India, Brazil and South Africa
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+32 2 400 1029
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Bio: Stephen G. Sawyer
DOB: 10 July 1956, Boston
Current post: Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council

Steve Sawyer joined the Global Wind Energy Council as its first Secretary General in April 2007. The Global Wind Energy Council represents the major wind energy associations (China, India, Japan, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe, Germany, Spain & Italy) as well as the major companies involved in the global wind industry. See

Steve has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent many years working for Greenpeace International, representing the organization at intergovernmental and industry fora primarily on energy and climate issues. He was the CEO of both Greenpeace USA (’86 to ’88) and Greenpeace International (’88-93’), and a member of its international Board of Directors from 1983-1988 and 1993-1995. He has served as Head of Delegation to many UNFCCC negotiations, as well as leading delegations to many other intergovernmental negotiations.

Steve is also a founding member of the REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network and was an advisor to the Chinese government on the formulation of its renewable energy legislation, as well as an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Working Group III. He grew up in rural New Hampshire and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College, is married to Kelly Rigg, has two children Layla (21) and Sam (16) and has lived in Amsterdam since 1989.

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At 22:48 on March 25, 2010, Keith Schneider said…
Steve, how are you. Wondered if you've been picking up globally what I'm seeing here in U.S., which appears to be growing grassroots resistance to clean energy projects, wind included. Strike a chord? Regards to Kelly, Keith

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