It claims, “In many EU member states, the levelized solar electricity can be produced at a lower cost than retail electricity prices.”
This could help countries like Poland, who is the EU’s largest coal consumer, move off the fossil fuel and to green energy as a source of power. As the Construction Index explains:
As of 2019, only 10.9% of Poland’s energy is produced using renewables while 80% comes from coal. Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has recently announced that the country is going to triple its photovoltaic capacities to 1.5 gigawatts.
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We are disappointed that President Trump is abdicating US leadership on climate policy by withdrawing from the Paris Accord. This not only will negatively affect present and future generations with climate impacts, but it is also a bad move economically, as it decreases the pressure for US companies to provide leadership on clean technologies like electric vehicles, renewable energy, and energy optimization.
We look forward to the day when the US will rejoin other nations and provide leadership on this important policy.
11,000 scientists declare a climate crisis
More than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have endorsed a letter, published on BioScience today, declaring a climate crisis. Today is the 40th anniversary of the first world climate conference, which was held in Geneva in 1979.
They suggest “six critical and interrelated steps (in no particular order) that governments, businesses, and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change.”
One of those steps is addressing Energy, which states:
The world must quickly implement massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and must replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables… and other cleaner sources of energy if safe for people and the environment. We should leave remaining stocks of fossil fuels in the ground… and should carefully pursue effective negative emissions using technology such as carbon extraction from the source and capture from the air and especially by enhancing natural systems. Wealthier countries need to support poorer nations in transitioning away from fossil fuels. We must swiftly eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels and use effective and fair policies for steadily escalating carbon prices to restrain their use.
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