Cheap, safe 100% renewable energy possible before 2050, says Finnish uni study

A global roadmap to reach the 1.5 degrees Celsius target proposed by the IPCC is tremendous, positive news. Deploying wind and solar technology can get us there inexpensively. Prince Edward County, blessed with some of the best wind resources in the Province and with excellent potential for solar could do its part. Prince Edward County could be carbon emissions free by 2030.  What we lack is political leadership to remove the roadblocks.

The report is the first of its kind to suggest a cost-effective, all-inclusive, global roadmap to keep average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Solar panels gathering energy in Taipei. Image: David Chang / EPA

A global transition to the exclusive use of renewable energy sources is not only possible but also cheaper and safer than reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, according to a new study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Energy Watch Group (EWG) from Germany.

The study claims that the rapid development of renewable energy sources and energy storage technology will likely make it possible for the entire planet to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero even earlier than the current 2050 deadline.

The report is the first of its kind to suggest a cost-effective, all-inclusive, global roadmap to keep average global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is also the first planet-wide climate change resistance plan that suggests not using carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) techniques to mechanically remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

According to the model, in 2050 some 69 percent of the world’s energy would come from solar panels, 18 percent from wind power, 3 percent from hydropower systems and 6 percent from bioenergy.

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