“Increasing the share of renewable sources in the nation’s total energy output is not simply possible, it is imperative,” the Analytical Center expert Dmitry Khomchenko told Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Development of renewable energy sources improves energy independence and the environmental situation
“According to the Meteorological Center, last year was the warmest in our hemisphere in the past 120 years. And it was greenhouse gas emissions that made a sizable contribution to the increase in annual average temperatures. Greenhouse gases are emitted, among other things, as a result of the burning of various organic fuels to generate heat and electric power,” the expert said. Developing renewable energy sources also makes the country more energy independent and improves the environmental situation in the areas where they are used, Mr. Khomchenko explained.
According to the expert, the latest trends in the global energy sector also indicate that over time renewable sources are going to become the leading source of electric power while investments in their creation and development are expected to take off. “The EU wants to bring the share of renewable sources in its total energy consumption to 20% by 2020, and Denmark, for example, plans to get all its energy exclusively from renewable sources by 2026,” Mr. Khomchenko said.
It should be reminded that by signing the Paris climate change agreement in April this year, Russia and a number of other participants in the convention are now under the obligation to make every effort to prevent the annual average temperature on the planet from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.
Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta