Renewable energy sources are key to transitioning into a new economy and for sustainable development goals. 100% renewable energy targets ensure that we are providing for our future and generational safety and prosperity. Resilient and clean energy sources will be a testament to our longevity and the success of not only the planet, but society and the economy. They also provide for global stability and overall health of the human population.
There are key elements to the transition. The United Nation’s Sustainable Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy looks to expand and increase the use of renewable energies by the year 2030 by cooperation and access to all. We are in great support of this goal, however the opportunity to increase the share of renewable energy mix could be at a 100% by 2035, and would increase decarbonisation rates more expediently, lessen toxic damage and increase innovation and economic endurance in doing so. Strong leadership in energy transition is sound economic and political policy; competing for outdated models in fossil production is costly, unhealthy, inefficient and destabilizing.
A pathway to 100% renewable energy includes:
- Transition the electricity sector to clean, renewable energy.
- Equitable and fair access by ensuring that renewable energy is accessible to all members of society.
- Carbon and pollution free energy provided from wind, solar, tidal and geothermal sources.
- Inclusive participation of community and small businesses.
Conversion is sound economic policy as well. Transition would prevent an estimated $3.3 trillion per year in the year 2050 global warming costs from U.S. emissions alone.
“Converting would further eliminate $3.3 (1.9–7.1) tril. per year in 2050 global warming costs to the world due to U.S.
emissions. These plans will result in each person in the U.S. in 2050 saving $260 (190–320) per year in energy
costs ($2013 dollars) and U.S. health and global climate costs per person decreasing by $1500 (210–6000) per
year and $8300 (4700–17 600) per year, respectively” (Jacobson, Mark et al. Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 2093).
Renewable energy increases resiliency, helps decrease social inequalities by providing healthy ecosystems, provides stronger and leaner companies and ensures a brighter future and economy.