100% renewables ‘key to CO2 fight’

Generic-wind-farm-turbines-credit-sxc3The Global 100% Renewable Energy Coalition, including the UK, has called on national governments to commit to 100% renewable energy targets and strategies.

A joint statement at the UN climate summit yesterday asserted that “communicating and proving the urgency and feasibility of 100% renewable energy is key to breaking the climate deadlock”.

Members of the coalition including the World Wind Energy Association, World Bioenergy Association and the Fraunhofer ISE Institute also criticised “the ongoing stagnancy of the climate negotiations and their struggle to agree upon and implement measures that effectively combat the crisis”.

World Wind Energy Association secretary general Stefan Gsänger said: “The growing global movement shows that making the transition to 100% renewable energy is primarily a political, not technical, challenge. The necessary technologies and knowledge already exist.”

In Germany, 74 regions and municipalities have already reached 100% renewable energy. Entire nations like Scotland, Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Maldives Islands, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, and Tokelau “have set and already partly achieved this ambitious target”, the group said.

“Climate change debates have become all too often associated with failing political negotiations and inadequate actions. There is an urgent need to change this,” added World Bioenergy Association president Heinz Kopetz.


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