Motivation

Renewables: the key to climate protection and a necessary investment in the future

Climate change mitigation must be a priority. We must reduce the risk of the disastrous impact on nature and society to a minimum. Many studies (1) confirm that renewables and energy efficiency are essential to decarbonise the power sector in Europe, and to reduce the big risks and environmental damages linked to the use of conventional energy sources. The transition to high shares of renewables reduces Europe’s dependency on energy imports, and supports economic development and the creation of jobs, both in manufacturing and at the local level. In the long term, renewables are the only path to meet our energy needs. Preserving the global ecosystems and precious finite resources for future generations is also an ethical imperative.


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Europe’s renewable revolution
The flexibility challenge
Norway’s indirect storage
Synergies
Economic advantage
Environmental impacts

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(1) Öko-Institut and Wuppertal Institute (2012): Power Section decarbonisation: metastudy