IRENA pushes for power generation through renewables
The generation of electricity is not only a challenge with rising global population, but also a major reason behind climate change, says IRENA.
The Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible route to reduce carbon emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change.
The agency’s first edition of the ‘REthinking Energy’ report, which draws on worldwide research and analysis by the intergovernmental agency and reviews progress in the world’s transition to a sustainable-energy future, focuses on the global power sector and how technological advances, economic growth and climate change are transforming it.
According to a media statement, IRENA’s director-general, Adnan Z. Amin, says: “A convergence of social, economic and environmental forces are transforming the global energy system as we know it. But if we continue on the path we are currently on, and fuel our growing economies with outmoded ways of thinking and acting, we will not be able avoid the most serious impacts of climate change.”
With global population projected to top eight billion by 2030, electricity demand is expected to more than double as more people move into the middle class and consume greater quantities of energy, says IRENA, adding: “Historically, as energy consumption grows, so does the carbon dioxide emissions. The burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity accounts for more than 40 percent of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions today.”
However, Amin expresses optimism saying: “The good news is that renewable energy provides a viable and affordable solution to address climate change today. And while the outlook for renewable power is bright, we need to rethink the mechanisms which have, up to this point, brought renewables into the mainstream and prepared for the next stage of this global transformation.”
Demand is not only growing, the report details, it is fundamentally changing, as individuals, governments and businesses seek a cleaner, more diverse and more secure energy mix, says IRENA in a statement shared with TRENDS.