Achieving a Global Clean Energy Economy—Is it Possible? If so, How?
In October 2018, the United Nations reported that we have 12 years to limit the instances of climate change catastrophes worldwide. It stressed upon the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80% by 2050.
With an increasing amount of environmental consequences around us, such as droughts, heatwaves, wildfires, extreme storms, and unprecedented sea-level rise, the world must transition towards eco-friendly practices by employing sustainable design solutions to become a global green energy economy.
According to a report from the Risky Business Project called, From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy, countries can find it technically and economically feasible to become a green energy economy by reducing their carbon footprint through community energy planning.
Phase Out Fossil Fuels
The use of fossil fuels for residential and commercial electricity supply, automotive vehicles, water heating systems, and heating and cooling units play a crucial role in the increased global carbon footprint. However, communities can switch to energy-efficient practices by making maximum use of electricity instead of burning fossil fuels.
From switching to electric cars, heat pumps, HVACs, and water heaters, houses and industrial processes can significantly contribute towards the gradual transition to a green economy,
In fact, adopting electricity as the primary energy source can be an excellent way of producing clean-burning hydrogen for transportation.
Using Renewable Energy Resources
While fossil fuels used to be a cheaper energy resource in the past, the past few decades have seen a significant drop in renewable energy prices. It has made it easier for residents and commercial building owners to use zero-carbon energy resources like wind and solar energy expansively.
These energy systems can also be incorporated into nuclear power systems through technological means to capture and store carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, preventing their environmental risks.
Reducing Day-to-Day Energy Consumption
While the transition to a global clean energy economy requires administrative actions towards energy efficiency, people’s actions and behaviors towards energy conservation can also collectively impact the cause.
Some steps as simple as switching off lights and electric appliances when not used can help avoid excessive use of energy-extensive devices. As a result, people can reduce carbon emissions through their daily practices.
The adjustment of human behaviors towards today’s environmental needs can have a high potential for utility savings and reduced environmental damage.
You can now seek professional services from Larsen Engineers’ experts to learn the best sustainable design solutions that’ll fit your community’s needs. We help municipalities acquire renewable energy research grants and “Smart Growth” Sustainable Principles for optimum eco-friendly economic development. Get in touch with us to learn more today!