Renewable energy sources against climate change© EU, 2011
Launch of report on renewable energies’ role in fighting climate change
A special report assessing the potential of renewable energy sources against climate change, to which the JRC has contributed, was launched by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Thursday 16 May in Brussels. The paper reviews, through various scenarios, the contribution of six renewable energy technologies in mitigating climate change over the coming decades. It also considers environmental, social and economic impact related to the implementation of these technologies.
JRC researcher Arnulf Jaeger-Waldau contributed as a lead author of a chapter on direct solar energy. The other five sources considered in the 1500 page long report are bioneregy, geothermal energy, hydropower, and ocean and wind energy. The report further explored the integration of these energy sources in the current and future energy systems, as well as their role in sustainable development. Finally, authors analysed the mitigation potential of the renewable energies, their growth and cost.
The study, bearing the title Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), was approved last May by government representatives from 194 nations. Its Brussels launch gathered IPCC chairs, EU policy makers, researchers and NGO representatives.