Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods, forest fires – the headlines are full of natural disasters, but are these symptoms of man-made Climate Change?

Global Climate Change

According to NASA, ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate warming trends over the past century are extremely likely (greater than 95% probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century.

This rapid Climate Change is evidenced by global temperature rise; warming oceans; shrinking ice sheets; glacial retreat; decreased snow cover; sea level rise; declining arctic sea ice; extreme weather events and ocean acidification.  These effects will impact the infrastructures, agriculture, air and water quality and ultimately health of populations across the globe which means government organizations are looking at options for responding to Climate Change.  One measure that some countries adopted was to sign up to the Paris Agreement.

Paris Agreement

At the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.  This agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous Climate Change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.  As well as limiting global warming through reducing global emissions, the agreement also aims to enable societies to deal with the impacts of Climate Change.   The EU has undertaken to continue to support climate action to reduce emissions and as part of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. The revised Renewable Energy Directive 2018/2001/EU entered into force in 2018.

Renewable Energy Directive

The EU’s original Renewable Energy Directive of 2009 establishes an overall policy for the production and promotion of energy from renewable sources in the EU.  It requires the EU to fulfil at least 20% of its total energy needs with renewables by 2020 and all EU countries must ensure that at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020.  The revised edition of 2018 establishes a new Renewable Energy target for the EU of at least 32%.  Each country has a national Renewable Energy target and EU countries set out how they plan to meet these targets.  Progress is measured every two years when EU countries publish national Renewable Energy progress reports.  The last findings were published in 2017 and showed that Sweden had by far the highest share of consumption of energy from renewable sources with Spain ranking above Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and UK.

Renewable Energy Consumption

Households can consume Renewable Energy coming from sources including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectricity.  All of these are renewable resources which can be naturally replenished on a human timescale.  Most electricity providers will state how much of the power they deliver comes from renewable sources and some companies source power only from renewable sources.

As a homeowner, one of the best ways to lower monthly energy bills is by investing in Renewable Energy such as rooftop solar panels; solar water heating and biomass heating.  By doing our bit for the environment and choosing Renewable Energy solutions, we can also reduce costs and enjoy a return on our investment.

Email Free-Sol Solar at info@free-sol.com to learn more about how Renewable Energy solutions can help you lower your bills and your carbon footprint.

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