European Union to cut energy use 30% by 2030

The Big Power Plan: European Union to cut energy use by 30%

The European Commission has unveiled its big power plan, aiming to slash energy use in the bloc 30 percent by 2030.

“Europe is on the brink of a clean energy revolution. And just as we did in Paris, we can only get this right if we work together. With these proposals, we have cleared the way for more competitive, cleaner energy in Europe.” — European Commission

Cutting waste, better integrating renewable energy and phasing out subsidies for coal-fired electricity generation are all part of the vision. But wind and solar energy producers will no longer have priority for selling to the… Continue reading European Union to cut energy use 30% by 2030

COP21 Paris – un Succès!

COP21 Paris: “What was once unthinkable is now unstoppable.” #ClimateChange #ClimateAction — United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon

COP21 Paris: “195 nations have risen to the challenge of climate change.”   — UNFCCC

 

The COP21 Paris 2015 deal attempts to limit global atmospheric temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius and the measures adopted in the agreement included provisions for reviewing progress every five years, and for $100 billion dollars a year in climate finance for developing countries.

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COP21 Paris negotiators have successfully concluded their Paris meeting setting a global warming limit of 2 degrees celsius via a landmark climate change accord. Image courtesy of COP21 Paris

After difficult two week-long COP21 negotiations, representatives of 195 countries of the world reached a unanimous landmark climate change accord in Paris. The historical climate deal for the first time made all the nations of the world to commit to cut greenhouse gas emissions to help reduce disastrous global warming effects. The deal is partly legally… Continue reading COP21 Paris – un Succès!

Apple Announces 2.2 GW Clean Energy Project in China

Apple’s latest clean energy initiatives include various solar power projects and partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to protect one million acres of Chinese forestland

Apple announces major clean energy projects in China October, 2015.
Apple Inc. announces major clean energy initiatives in China that complement a series of global commitments the company announced earlier this year. Image Credit: Flickr via Miguel Garces

Corporate sustainability is a field that demands a forward-thinking mentality and creative solutions to preserve the planet. For very large global companies, sustainability should be more about developing an ability to scale change far beyond their own organization. Apple is focusing on this larger role with the launch of two major clean energy projects aimed at… Continue reading Apple Announces 2.2 GW Clean Energy Project in China

How renewable energy impacts the oil industry

Upon initial investigation, some might say that the oil crisis has negatively impacted the energy market as a whole, making alternative sources of energy such as renewable energy look far less appealing.

The Different Worlds of the Oil Industry and the Renewable Energy Industry

However, advances in energy have rendered different market segments with varying energy sources that no longer compete directly against one another. For example, the primary function of oil is related to transportation — while renewable energy is mainly used for electricity. Therefore, the uptake in renewable energy hasn’t contributed to the dwindling value of oil.

Oil is seemingly unaffected by the market success of other energy sources. To counteract decreasing oil prices, firms are manipulating supply in hopes of raising prices — yet this short term plan will not be enough for the oil industry to bounce back. Despite the decline of crude oil price, firms such as oil and gas services company UnaOil continue to expand operations in oil rich fields, however the company’s strategic base in North Rumaila may not make a difference in the prediction that oil’s next crash will be permanent.

Unrelated to Renewable Energy: The ‘Beginning of the End’ for the Oil Age

Though the impending final collapse of oil are based on educated guesses, the rate of value decrease illustrates the oil industry’s recovery from the next crisis may be difficult. The ultimate proof of oil’s ill fated future according to Seeking Alpha is in the prices; what was once $120 per barrel is now just under $50. A devaluation by more than half, must surely confirm the oil industry’s concerns.

What does this mean for alternative and green energy sources?

Those currently working with renewable energy claim that the oil catastrophe is motivating people to go green. Compared to the volatility of oil value, renewable energy appears to be more stable and with fewer price spikes. But the current situation makes it clear that a switch to greener energies is not a solution for oil depletion, rather, it serves as a reminder about our treatment of the environment.

Robin Mills, author of The Myth of the Oil Crisis suggests the fundamental need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is an issue more pressing than ever.

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While oil is related to transportation, renewable energy is related to electrical power generation — therefore, renewable energy isn’t a contributor to the oil price fall.

The problem with renewable energy is its need for greater funding — thus in order for them to draw investors, renewable energy developers need to lower costs and expand into providing heat for homes and industrial processes. Considering that aircraft (for one example) don’t have any alternative to oil, much of our global transportation system is still dependent on oil, which is why renewable energy must do more than merely supply electricity to stay competitive in the new energy paradigm.