By Peter Droege
The maximum problem of our time is to construct a global in line with the sustainable use of renewable strength. Our vast dependence on fossil fuels has disillusioned the very climatic method that made human evolution attainable. the worldwide economic system and its economic climate are in jeopardy, working sizzling on openly reasonable but more and more expensive and quickly depleting oil. A a hundred% renewable global is visible by way of many as an very unlikely dream in whatever however the very long-term. yet not just do an increasing number of tasks and plans dare to make the switch yet many have already completed it.
This wealthy assortment provides a sequence of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the trails to their successes. starting from projects by way of participants to visions for corporations, groups and full nations, it defeats drained monetary and technical counter-arguments, displaying how the schemes featured not just can and do paintings yet accomplish that economically and with to be had know-how. The ebook is brought by way of incisive writing by means of Peter Droege, explaining the demanding situations and framing a roadmap in the direction of a a hundred% renewable truth.
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But the label ‘100 per cent renewable’ in the somewhat less-than-ideal sense can also apply to aspects of people’s lives, or communities and their support structures. For example, households and businesses can operate their own domestic or corporate renewable energy system by installing photovoltaic panels, a woodchip-fired combined-cycle heating plant or biogas powered tri, quad- or even quint-generation system, also treating and recycling water and sequestering CO2, besides supplying power, heat and cooling.
This would mean a massive shift in ownership arrangements, vehicle use patterns and manufacturing techniques, dramatically lowering energy and primary material requirements. For the individual household, 100 per cent renewable, in its full consequence, also means depending on a fully renewable resource stream: being able to rely on, say, total fossil energy content that is lowered by 80 per cent when compared to conventional practice, when looking at the total balance of goods and services consumed, with shortfalls compensated by renewable power.
Billions in carbon credits have been claimed and banked, and windfall profits reaped by polluters in the industrial and developing world. These free pollution allowances, carbon credits and perversions of the system complicate change, are inflationary without yielding benefits and deprive renewable energy suppliers of precious resources. While there are many genuine innovators, ‘going green’ is the new black for oil companies, airlines, large developers and business-as-usual banks – yet all too often without shifting much more than the headlines on their annual reports.