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Solution for Reassessing Renewable Energies

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Two thirds of global electricity is generated from fossil fuels. This implies that more than 40% of global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels stem from electricity generation. While there is p ...

Two thirds of global electricity is generated from fossil fuels. This implies that more than 40% of global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels stem from electricity generation. While there is potential for efficiency improvements, global demand for electricity is expected to rise, which will further aggravate the problem, especially in developing countries.

Local circumstances should dictate the renewable energy mix.

Different countries will have a different energy mix in the future. Depending on their geographical location, some will be more suited for using bioenergy while others will be better suited for solar and/or wind power. It is therefore necessary to research an array of technologies. For some countries, increased trade in renewable electricity will also be a cost-effective option for mitigating fluctuations or generating electricity in regions that are abundant in sun, wind or biomass.

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    Finance the transition to renewable energy by redirecting fossil energy subsidies and, especially in developing countries, by using international oil revenues.

    Finance the transition to renewable energy by redirecting fossil energy subsidies and, especially in developing countries, by using international oil revenues.

    Finance the transition to renewable energy by redirecting fossil energy subsidies and, especially in developing countries, by using international oil revenues.

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    Start building up an environmentally sustainable capital stock of power plants for the future.

    Start building up an environmentally sustainable capital stock of power plants for the future.

    Start building up an environmentally sustainable capital stock of power plants for the future.

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    When evaluating renewable energy sources, adopt a holistic approach, considering all the potential contributions to sustainability and all the potential stumbling blocks rather than focusing only on climate change.

    When evaluating renewable energy sources, adopt a holistic approach, considering all the potential contributions to sustainability and all the potential stumbling blocks rather than focusing only on c ...

    When evaluating renewable energy sources, adopt a holistic approach, considering all the potential contributions to sustainability and all the potential stumbling blocks rather than focusing only on climate change.

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