Why Greenpeace Thinks Smart Grid Could Help Save the World
Moving to a low-carbon economy is probably the biggest environmental challenge of our times. Not just because of climate change, but also because unless we find a replacement for fossil fuels then the lights will eventually go out through a lack of anything to burn.
But as well as being critical and unavoidable, decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels is fiendishly difficult. Our entire society is built around a steady flow of hydrocarbon-based energy that is produced with massive amounts of waste.
So how can we realistically achieve a greener energy future? Greenpeace International, the environmental organization, has a plan. Called Energy [R]evolution, it envisages an 80 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050, compared to today’s levels.
As would be expected, the Energy [R]evolution strategy depends on significant rises in the amount of power from ocean, geothermal, solar, biomass, wind, and hydro sources. But perhaps the most striking part of the plan is the extent to which energy efficiency will play a part.
Almost half the greenhouse gas emissions savings by 2050 will come from energy efficiency, Greenpeace envisages. Much of this will come from better-insulated buildings, more efficient appliances and so on.