In its various forms, it derives directly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Included in the definition is electricity and heat generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources.
Print Ten years ago, renewables were regarded by many as a threat to economic prosperity and growth. Advocates of the fossil-fuel industry, in particular, claimed that wind, solar and biomass sources were simply too expensive, and realistically would never be able to provide more than 3—4 percent of the demand for electricity.
They feared that a switch to renewable energy would slow economic development across Europe. Nevertheless, a number of European countries, most prominently Denmark and Germany, forged ahead and invested in pioneering renewable-energy sources, despite their apparent costs and unproven role.
Today, renewables are no longer a fringe technology. They have accounted for the majority of new generating capacity for eight years in a row, and in they made up Renewables recieve less subsidies than fossil fuels The biggest boost has come from the rapidly falling costs of the technologies.
Sincethe cost of solar has dropped by a staggering 75 percent, and wind by 66 percent. Of course, stark differences still remain among member states of the EU; renewables currently account for 30 percent of gross final energy consumption in Finland and Sweden, but just 5 percent in Luxembourg and Malta.
However, one trend is very clear: The build-up of renewables has helped the EU reduce its fossil-fuel consumption by 11 percent since and to cut the import bill for fossil fuels by more than 35 percent since Renewables have mainly been used to replace coal half of the fossil fuels substituted and natural gas 28 percent.
Substituting oil has been less successful because renewables are not yet widely used in the transport sector, where oil is the main fuel. A great deal of money will become available for investment in renewables if expenditure on the import of dirty energy sources can be saved — Creator: This image is licensed under Creative Commons License.
Throughout Europe, fossil fuels have traditionally benefited from hefty public subsidies, creating a powerful incentive to burn them. Renewables have also received incentives, for example in the form of feed-in tariffs where producers of renewable energy receive a fixed purchase price for the power they generate.
But these incentives have been nowhere close to those offered to the fossil-fuel industry. In contrast, renewables receive 40 billion euros. A switch from fossil fuels to renewables would free up money for more pressing social and welfare needs.
Renewables are becoming the more preferred alternative The rise of renewables has not slowed economic growth in Europe. Between andthe European economy grew by a sluggish 0.
But the economy was held back by the global financial crisis of —10, not by the growth in renewables. Sincegreenhouse gas emissions in Europe have fallen by 10 percent, and for the first time, the continent has seen a decoupling of its economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions.
In essence, this is what the energy transformation can do: Renewables play a major role in driving this trend. While Europe has been a world leader in investments in renewable energy, its share in global investment fell from 46 percent in to 17 percent inas other regions discovered the economic opportunities offered by renewables.
The current system “punishes climate-friendly energy consumption, while rewarding climate-damaging behaviour,” because it makes power expensive while fossil fuels like petrol, natural gas, and heating oil remain relatively cheap, according to a press release. Advocates of the fossil-fuel industry, in particular, claimed that wind, solar and biomass sources were simply too expensive, and realistically would never be able to provide more than 3–4 percent of the demand for electricity. Using BREE’s conservative projections for the costs of renewable energy technologies in , we find that the cost of % renewable energy is A$ billion per year more than that of the existing polluting fossil fuelled system.
Nevertheless, Europe aims to be a global leader in research and innovation in this field. The renewable sector is already a big employer, providing more than a million jobs in Europe in It now ranks fifth, behind China, the United States, Japan and Brazil, and it is in danger of further losing out to emerging economies.
Most jobs in renewable energy are in the wind, solar and biomass sectors, as these technologies have seen the fastest global growth rates and the sharpest cost decreases in recent years.
Europ e aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the middle of this century.
To achieve this, the share of renewables will have to grow significantly, not only in the power but also in the heating, cooling and transport sectors.
The economic realities of renewables — as well as environmental or climate concerns — make them a preferred alternative to fossil fuels, and many Europeans already benefit directly from this development.But even with fossil fuels, the number of advocates increases with the experience.
For gas-fired power plants the acceptance increases from 20 to 50% and with coal from 5 to 14%. On the other hand, if the respondents had previous experience with nuclear power, the agreement decreases from 6 to 5%. The renewable scenarios would be economically competitive with the fossil system either with a carbon price of A$50 per tonne of CO 2 (reflecting part of the environmental and health damage from fossil fuels) or, in the absence of a carbon price, by removing the existing subsidies to the production and use of fossil fuels and transferring them .
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