Fossil, Nuclear or Renewable Energy ?

The UAEA produced an article on 18 December 2015, that is partly reproduced here below, after the COP21 Global Deal that was obviously in favour of all forms of use of renewables and not for either fossil and / or nuclear developments. 

Another article on the online magazine AMEInfo produced few days earlier by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) proposing a conference to be held in the near future in Abu Dhabi. 

Fossil, Nuclear and / or Renewable Energy ?

Could we consider these 2 articles proposed here below as representative of 2 similar stands of the same trade ?  [ms-protect-content]

What’s next after COP21 ?

By Miklos Gaspar, IAEA Office of Public information and Communication

The international climate negotiations in Paris last week produced a global agreement to limit global average temperature increases to below 2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial period by 2100. The IAEA and others have argued that nuclear power should be recognized as a sustainable source of energy and be considered on equal footing with other low-carbon energy sources in climate mitigation.

What has been achieved in Paris and what is the role for nuclear under the agreement? David Shropshire, head of the IAEA delegation at COP21, has answered our questions.

Q: Will the Paris Agreement save the world from the worst effects of climate change or was it a fudged agreement without an enforcement mechanism, as some critics say?

A: The Paris Agreement marks an important start of a coordinated global process to address climate change. 196 countries have actually come to an agreement in principle, which didn’t seem achievable before. The agreement has aggressive targets requiring immediate attention and action. It includes the framework, processes and time scales necessary to ratchet up actions in step with increasing national ambitions, data on actual Earth warming and the latest forecasts on climate change. It encourages nations to re-evaluate plans in consideration of the increased ambition necessary to meet the goals of the Agreement, and it ties climate change to other UN Sustainable Development Goals, encouraging the development of more integrated solutions.

Negotiators have agreed on pragmatic measures to be able to reach the agreement putting the responsibility for action to the national level, where countries have the latitude in deciding how to meet their goals via low-carbon technologies, carbon offsets, or other actions.  Read the whole interview at https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/qa-what%E2%80%99s-next-after-cop21

World Future Energy Summit puts international spotlight on renewable energy

GCC Renewable Energy Targets to Save 4 Billion Barrels of Oil and Reduce Carbon Emissions by 1.2 Gigatonnes through 2030: IRENA Report

14 December 2015

Meeting all stated renewable energy targets in GCC countries would save 4 billion barrels of oil and reduce emissions by 1.2 gigatonnes between now and 2030, according to new figures revealed by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) ahead of the upcoming World Future Energy Summit (WFES).

The soon-to-be released figures equate to 25 per cent less annual fossil fuel consumption in the power and water sector in 2030, and an 8 per cent overall reduction in per capita carbon footprint over the next 15 years.  Nearly three-quarters, 74 per cent, of the anticipated 69 gigawatts of renewable energy produced in the GCC will be generated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The numbers will be published in an upcoming GCC Renewable Energy Market Analysis slated for release at WFES 2016, where global industry leaders, decision-makers, business innovators, and investors will be coming together to seek the increasing market opportunities brought on by the region’s continuous investments in renewable energy.

For policymakers, an important driver behind this anticipated regional shift to renewable energy includes the socioeconomic benefits it will produce.  The IRENA figures also show that because renewables, in particular solar photovoltaics, can be less water intensive than fossil fuel technologies, reaching targets would reduce consumption by 18 trillion litres, or 20 per cent, of water annually, and create roughly 130,000 direct jobs per year from now until 2030.  – See more at: http://ameinfo.com/energy/renewables/alternative-energies/world-future-energy-summit-puts-international-spotlight-on-renewable-energy-3/#sthash.NOGRTOoq.dpuf

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