The rush to renewable energy

The European Commission has proposed a mandatory target: In 2020 20% of all European energy has to come from renewable sources (ie, all renewable energy sources like wind, solar, wave power and bio-energy). Currently renewable energy represents 6.7% of European energy consumption. Two-thirds thereof comes from biomass.

The European Commission is also keen on the promotion of bio-fuels (such as transport fuels). Diversification of energy sources is especially important in transport, which is heavily dependent on oil.

The transport sector is also responsible for increasing greenhouse gas emissions and thereby it eliminates the issue emissions savings that are achieved by other sectors. The Commission has therefore proposed that by 2020 bio-fuels should take account for 10% of the  road transport fuel, on condition that bio- fuels can be classified as sustainable.

Data from 2007 show that bio-fuel has a share of 2.6% of total fuel consumption by road transport in the EU. For the 10% target, the EU has to increase the production and imports of bio-fuels, especially when bio-fuels are the focus of complex ecological and economic discussions. The EU bio-fuels target is increasingly under discussion.

The European Parliament recently called for a guarantee that 40% of the targeted 10% must come from sources that do not compete with food production. The Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency have warned that increasing the share of bio-fuels in transport to 10% in 2020 is too ambitious and should be suspended.

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4 thoughts on “The rush to renewable energy

  1. The aim of the European Commission to support and increase the use of renewable energy is exemplary and also necessary for safeguarding the future of our children. But the numbers and estimations are definitely high setted and especially now, in times of the economic crisis, it’s very dificult to realize. There will be less money left to invest, because the financial situations of every country goes worse and worse and first it’s important to prevent national break-downs. But still, as you compare the sums of financial markets and the sums, which are put in environmental protection in general, there is a huge diference between! If states put just a fraction of the sum, they invest in the restore of the financial markets, into inovation and support of environmental protection, which includes renewable energies, it would be more then the last decades ever!

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  2. In my opinion renewable energy is very important for our environment. The renewable sources like wind, solar, wave power and bio-energy are very useful to maintain and improve our green economy. And furthermore with these sources the pollution due to global green house gases will step by step disappear and environmental disasters decrease. I hope the EU will reach the target of 20% in 2020, but this is going to be hard step. I agree to use bio-fuels instead of oil for transportation, because it will be much healthier for our environment. Unfortunately the use of bio-fuel is under discussion and the goal can’t be reached till 2020, because the production and import has to be increased. That is too ambitious.

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  3. If EU will reach this 20% target by 2020 it will be very good because using renewable energy it is possible decrease oil dependence, increase energy self-sufficiency, improve energy security and reduce the health and environmental impact of the energy system. At this moment 80% of European primary energy consumption producing by fossil fuel and for this has to get change as soon as possible.

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  4. There’s a need to switch fast to renewable energy to mitigate the impact of rising fossil-fuel cost on the economy, as well as avert the negative implications of depleting mineral resources, on top of (reducing) carbon emission.
    The main appeal of renewable energy, which can be derived from naturally replenishable resources such as solar, wind, hydro, wave and geothermal heat, is that it does not cause pollution.
    Renewable energy deserves much more focus, and there must be serious commitment by all countries, including consumers and individuals, to make our energy green.

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