Europe: 100% renewable energy in 2050

by Antonio Pasolini on April 30, 2010

Source: Green Citizen

The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) has published a report called Re-Thinking 2050, in which it presents a pathway towards a 100% renewable energy system for the European Union.

EREC is the umbrella organisation of the European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the field of photovoltaics, small hydropower, solar thermal, bioenergy, ocean & marine, geothermal, wind energy, and solar thermal electricity. The renewable energy industry in Europe has an annual turnover of more than €70 billion (US$93 billion) and employs more than 550,000 employees.

The report looks at how renewable energy impacts on Europe’s energy supply system and the carbon emissions it generates, and highlights the economic, environmental and social benefits of renewable energy. The report also includes policy recommendations as to how to exploit Europe’s renewable energy potential.

According to EREC, “Europe’s demand for energy is increasing in an environment of high and unstable energy prices”. Dependency on foreign supplies and climate change make the case for bold action to tackle the “climate and energy dilemma with a clear commitment to a 100% renewable energy future by 2050”.

To download an executive summary of the report, please go here. For a full report, please go here.

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