Thursday, April 18, 2019

New study shows 100% renewables is achievable sooner than we think

Researchers have run the numbers and figured out how virtually all nations on earth can meet their energy needs with renewables, mostly solar+batteries. It means we CAN stay within the 1.5 C sort-of-safe global warming.

The new study by the Energy Watch Group and LUT University is the first of its kind to outline a 1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies. The scientific modelling study simulates a total global energy transition in the electricity, heat, transport and desalination sectors by 2050. It is based on four and a half years of research and analysis of data collection, as well as technical and financial modelling by 14 scientists. This proves that the transition to 100% renewable energy is economically competitive with the current fossil and nuclear-based system, and could reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy system to zero even before 2050

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