Renewables Offer an ‘Immediate Means to Decarbonize’
Renewable energy “offers an immediate means to decarbonize the global energy mix” and achieve the ambitious climate goals that will be on the table when the UN climate summit opens in Paris next week, the International Renewable Energy Agency reported this week.
“Renewable energy is at the core of any strategy for countries to meet climate goals while supporting economic growth, employment, and domestic value creation,” the agency states in the online capsule of its second annual REthinking Energy report. “Doubling the share of renewables by 2030 could deliver around half of the emissions reductions needed and, in combination with energy efficiency, keep the rise in average global temperatures within 2ºC.”
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The report calls for efforts to strengthen renewable energy policy commitments, mobilize clean energy investment, build “institutional, technical, and human capacity,” harness the “cross-cutting impact of renewables on sustainable development,” and enhance regional engagement and international cooperation.