More sustainable energies to reverse Climate Change
Access to electricity is the “golden thread” that weaves together economic growth, human development and environmental sustainability and we will need more sustainable energies going forward.
- In 2018, the number of people without access to electricity fell below 1 billion for the first time. That means that about 1.2 billion people have gained access to electricity since the year 2000.
- Solar power grew by almost 30% in 2018, and wind power increased by about 10%.
- According to The Global Energy & CO2 Status Report , the global energy consumption in 2018, increased at nearly twice the average rate of growth since 2010.
- The increased energy demand has made global energy-related CO2 emissions rise by 1.7% to a historic high of 33.1 Gt CO2. Emissions from all fossil fuels increased, the power sector accounted for nearly two-thirds of emissions growth.
- Today, more than 70% of the energy comes from Coal, Oil&gas and nuclear. About 16% comes from hydro, 4% from wind and 2% from solar.
- Energy demand is estimated to rise by 30% up until 2040
We will need more sustainable energies to work together with hydro, wind and solar, if we are to reach the sustainable development goals.
A fast-enough conversion to sustainable energy requires that investments in hydro, wind and solar power are supplemented by other sustainable energies.
Solar, wind and hydro power are excellent sources for sustainable electricity. But they have limitations.
Hydro power can only be used in certain regions of the world. Wind power works only when the wind is blowing, and solar power is great during daytime when the sun is shining. Solar and wind are intermittent. Adding storage (batteries) for solar and wind is still expensive and therefore not effective enough to gain further ground.
We need a sustainable energy baseload, and there is one – Heat Power
Sustainable energy baseload – Heat power
Heat power is a sustainable energy baseload, utilizing already existing heat sources and making it in to clean electricity. Heat power consists of two energy sources
- Industrial heat power – which is using waste heat from industrial processes and
- Geothermal heat power – harnessing heat from the earth
Heat power can be distributed almost anywhere in the world, also in rural areas with under developed or non-existing grids.
To become fossil free, reduce CO2 emissions, reach #SDG7 and reverse climate change we must put those sustainable energies on use.
Solar, Wind, Hydro, storage, tidal, bio and the sustainable energy baseload Heat Power, is a fossil free energy forecast to strive for.
What is needed?
- What we need are more political decisions working in favor of deploying affordable, reliable and sustainable energies.
- Less bureaucracy.
- Companies and governments who invest.
- Media, organizations and people spreading knowledge and information on the possibilities in sustainable energies.
- Entrepreneurs that see the opportunities in creating new jobs and business for a better world.
Heat power has the potential to be the greatest contributor in reaching SDG#7 and reversing climate change.