High levels of energy efficiency and stronger energy interconnections across Europe make a 100% renewable energy system possible. The biggest potential lies in increasing efficiency. Europe-wide, society could reduce its energy demand by half by 2050 – which means less renewable energy needs to be provided or stored. Connecting sectors, such as heat, cooling, electricity, and electric transport would unlock the storage potential of water in heating systems along with potentially millions of batteries in electric cars. And – according to the Federation of European Renewables – the switch to 100% renewables entails energy system change away from centralised monopolistic utilities to decentralised community and citizen based renewable power projects and innovative business models. The new Energy Atlas – co-published by Friends of the Earth Europe, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, and the Green European Foundation.
Scottish Energy News 25th April 2018 read more »
Costa Rica’s new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonised country in the world. Carlos Alvarado, a 38-year-old former journalist, made the announcement to a crowd of thousands during his inauguration on Wednesday. “Decarbonisation is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first,” Mr Alvarado said. “We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.” Symbolically, the president arrived at the ceremony in San Jose aboard a hydrogen-fuelled bus.
Independent 10th May 2018 read more »