The report emphasizes the steps on how to achieve an almost carbon-free energy state and strongly encourages a binding target of 45% renewable energy by 2030 and increase 2020′s targeted carbon reduction to 30%.
According to the document, “this fundamental shift in the way we consume and generate energy must begin immediately and be well underway within the next ten years in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The scale of the challenge requires a complete transformation of the way we produce, consume and distribute energy, while maintaining economic growth.”
To make the Energy Revolution real and to avoid dangerous climate change, political will and social commitment is required. Greenpeace and EREC demand that the following policies and actions are implemented in the energy sector:
- Phase out all subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
- Internalise the external (social and environmental) costs of energy production through ‘cap and trade’ emissions trading.
- Mandate strict efficiency standards for all energy consuming appliances, buildings and vehicles.
- Establish legally binding targets for renewable energy and combined heat and power generation.
- Reform the electricity markets by guaranteeing priority access to the grid for renewable power generators.
- Provide defined and stable returns for investors, for example by feed-in tariff programmes.
- Implement better labelling and disclosure mechanisms to provide more environmental product information.
- Increase research and development budgets for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
According to the report, one of the key issues in order to make the energy shift real is to increase and promote Energy Efficiency. In this terms, the EU is already developing research projects focused on smart grids, efficiency and sustainability. One of those projects is ENCOURAGE, an European project whose aim is to develop an intelligent system of embedded technologies that optimize the use of energy in buildings. This will make possible the future participation in the smart grid by balancing renewable generation and consumption.
Gnarum is one of the eleven entities taking part in this exciting project that started in June 2011. It has been more than one year of involvement in this R+D challenge and many advances have already been achieved. Gnarum is working in content development, and focusing in Generation & Load Forecasting and in Business Intelligence development for smart grids.
Four pilot sites in Denmark, Spain and Italy will be demonstrating the results of the project, aiming at a 20% energy reduction through the implementation of:
- Novel virtual sub-metering technologies for advanced monitoring and diagnostics
- Supervisory control strategies to orchestrate the operation of numerous devices (for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lightning, renewable energy generation, thermal storage…)
- Support for inter-building energy exchange.
Last meetings of Encourage have taken place in Brussels and Madrid and the forthcoming General Assembly will take place in Pisa, Italy in November.
There is a motivated team within Gnarum working in the Encourage project and this second year will bring important achievements.
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