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IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation

12th May 2011 by Madlen King

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) yesterday released their Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. A summary for policymakers is available here.

 The report concludes that 80 percent of the world‘s energy supply could be met by renewables by the middle of this century if it is backed by the right enabling public policies.  This could lead to GHG savings equivalent to 220 – 560 Gigatonnes of CO2 between 2010 and 2050, which could contribute towards a goal of holding the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius –

The six renewable energy technologies included are: Bioenergy – including energy crops, forest, agricultural and livestock residues and second generation biofuels; Solar energy; Geothermal energy, Hydropower, including run-of-river, in-stream or dam projects with reservoirs; Ocean energy, ranging from barrages to ocean currents and harnessing temperature differences in the marine environment; and Wind energy.

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