THURSDAY 15 APRIL, 2010 |
A World Run On Low Carbon Energy No Pipe Dream
The myth of low carbon and renewable energy sources not being able to supply the
majority, if not all, the developed world's electricity requirements in the near
future is being busted almost weekly in recent months.
In February this year, we reported on Beyond Zero Emissions' costed, detailed
blueprint for a transition
to 100 per cent renewable energy
in ten years in Australia using proven,
In March, a
report from Siemens
stated a 30 x 30 km solar farm in central
Australia would meet the national electricity demand during daylight hours and
allow Australia to become an exporter of clean electricity.
In another initiative, "Australia
2050: Clean Energy Superpower
," DESERTEC-Australia proposes that over
the next decade, Australia retires coal-fired power generation and replaces it
with natural gas power and renewable energy sources , with view to the country
running on 100% renewables by 2050.
Overseas, a March
from PricewaterhouseCoopers states the most recent economic models show that the short-term costs of transforming
Europe's power system to 100% renewable energy may not be as large as previously thought.
Another Europe study released yesterday called Roadmap
2050 provides what it says is a practical, independent and objective
analysis of pathways to achieve a low-carbon economy in Europe, in line with the
energy security, environmental and economic goals of the European Union.
The study claims that by 2050, Europe could achieve an economy-wide reduction of GHG emissions of at least 80% compared
to 1990 levels.
Even China, the factory of the developed world, expects
low carbon energy sources
will account for more than a quarter of the
nations electricity supply by the end of 2010.
The question no longer seems if a shift to 100% low carbon and renewable energy
sources can feasibly happen soon, but more one of if enough political will is
present to make it happen.
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