Steve Sawyer

Job title:
Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council

Steve Sawyer joined GWEC as the first Secretary General on 2 April 2007. He has worked in the energy and environment field since 1978, with a particular focus on climate change and renewable energy since 1988. He spent 30 years working for Greenpeace, primarily on a wide range of energy issues. He was the CEO of both Greenpeace USA (1986 - 1988) and Greenpeace International (1988-1993), and he served as Head of Delegation to many Kyoto Protocol negotiations on climate change, as well as heading delegations to the Johannesburg Earth Summit in 2002 and numerous sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development. Steve Sawyer is also a founding member of the REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network and was a member of the Steering Committee of the Renewables 2004 ministerial conference in Bonn. He has also been an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Working Group III.

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Well, it’s finally over. I’m back here at my desk in Amsterdam, and looking through the all-but-final documents on the UNFCCC web site. You can find details of the ‘Copenhagen Accord’ about which we put out a statement early this morning. The ‘legally binding’ la ...
Posted 05 January 2010 by Steve Sawyer
17 December: On Wednesday morning, Connie Hedegaard resigned as the COP President in favour of Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen, and in the obviously tense handover between the two, they made the huge blunder of announcing that there would be ‘new text’ from the Danish Presidency released ...
Posted 18 December 2009 by Steve Sawyer
16 December: Amidst the up-and-down of the climate negotiations and the chaos of the registration system to get people into the building, at least one thing is going to plan: The wind industry’s efforts to make wind power highly visible to negotiators and media during the climate summit. Wind ...
Posted 17 December 2009 by Steve Sawyer
15 December: After a manic first week or 10 days, things are a bit less hectic in the Bella Center today. After 9 days of largely circular discussions, I believe the negotiations at official’s level have gone as far as they can go. We have a couple of draft texts (on the Kyoto Protocol a ...
Posted 15 December 2009 by Steve Sawyer
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