IRENA: 12 times more solar needed to avoid 'climate catastophe'
Jun 10, 2014 - Lucy Woods - pv-tech.org
of the IRENA assembly in January this year.
IRENA's REmap aims to show 36% renewables
by 2030 is feasible, affordable and will
mitigate climate change risks. Image: IRENA
Solar deployment needs to increase 12 times over
by 2030 to avoid "climate catastrophe",
a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency
(IRENA) has warned.
Launched in New York last week, the report, ‘REmap
2030’, aims to show a 36% share of renewables
in the energy mix by 2030 is feasible, affordable
and will mitigate climate change risks – keeping
carbon pollution below 450ppm to keep within a ‘safe’ 2
degrees Celsius rise in global temperatures.
Based on the IRENA model, wind energy needs to increase
the most, by a factor of 15, and solar second, by
a factor of 12. Geothermal needs to grow nine times
over, hydro to double, biomass by a factor of 1.5
and tidal generation to increase by less than 0.1.
IRENA has calculated the switch to renewables also
provides US$740 billion of savings each year on environmental
costs from burning fossil fuels – cancelling
out the investments costs required to reach 36% renewables.
Out of the US$750 billion, US$200 billion could
be saved in health costs, while 900,000 clean energy
jobs would be created, IRENA said.
The REmap show by 2030 there would be a 15% decline
in oil and natural gas, and 26% decline in coal,
helping countries that import fossil fuels to be
energy secure and to reduce air pollution.
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