06/08/19, Cate Nelson Shaw

Renewables: Change in motion

Renewables, change, climate change

“This is a crucial time in the global effort to tackle climate change. In the last ten years, pledges to reduce emissions by the countries of the world have reduced the forecast of global warming from above 4°C by the end of the century to around 3°C. Net-zero in the UK would lead the global effort to further limit the rise to 1.5°C”, - Committee on Climate Change

Whatever you may stand on the international non-violent civil disobedience movement Extinction Rebellion, it takes a hard heart to remain unmoved by the passionate plea to the EU Parliament by teenager Greta Thunberg in April this year on the need for urgent action, or lack of it, to tackle climate change.
Nevertheless, Scotland is already stepping up to its global responsibility by taking action to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and by embracing green energy, predicting a 100% transition to Renewable energy by 2045.

A prediction of how our energy usage will look by 2050 from Carbon Brief:

Charlie Thompson, Marketing and Communications Director at ORE Catapult says, 

“There's been a step-change in how we perceive the need to decarbonise our economy. This can only be done by a fundamental change in how we heat homes and drive transport so therefore by a huge increase in renewable energy, and to a very large degree in the UK that's going to come from offshore wind”.

Charlie continues, 

“The offshore wind industry has set itself the target, with the UK Government, of delivering one-third of the UK’s power by 2030. To achieve this, the recommendation is the production of 75 gigawatts (GWh) of offshore wind per year, compared to the 8GWh we currently produce annually. So, we’re looking at an almost tenfold expansion of offshore wind delivery by 2050 to meet the UK’s requirements”.

“Accelerated climate solutions can strengthen our economies and create jobs, while bringing cleaner air, preserving natural habitats and biodiversity, and protecting our environment. New technologies and engineering solutions are already delivering energy at a lower cost than the fossil-fuel driven economy. Solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest sources of new bulk power in virtually all major economies. But we must set radical change in motion”, 

António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

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