LifeGate has joined forces with Behind Energy, a news hub on the theme of energy founded in 2014, to create an ad hoc initiative on this topic because our planet’s future is strictly related to how energy will be produced and consumed in the years to come. Climate change, in fact, is an immediate consequence of how the most developed countries have used fossil fuels to generate electricity.
A development model that is no longer possible if we want to keep the rise in global temperatures below 2°C. In this new context the electric sector is on the frontline of efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the principle gas responsible for the greenhouse effect. Fortunately, development models are slowly changing, so much so that for the next 25 years the International Energy Agency (IEA) foresees that renewable technologies will absorb 60% of investments into new plants and energy generation from renewable sources will increase on a global scale by around 8,300 TWh (over half of the increase in overall electricity generation), equivalent to the current combined production of fossil fuel plants in China, the United States and European Union.
The development of renewables will be essentially correlated to the decline of carbon and oil; whilst gas, nuclear and hydroelectric will maintain their current share. By 2040, electricity generation from renewable sources will reach a 50% share in the EU, around 30% in China and Japan, and over 25% in the United States and India.