The energy transition represents a great opportunity for economic reactivation after the crisis caused by the pandemic and an important commitment to innovation will be necessary to face the technological challenges it poses. There have been several energy transitions throughout history, but today we are facing a decisive one because the future of the planet depends on it. It consists of the transition from a model based on the majority use of fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas) to a system where the majority use of renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass, etc.).
At present, around 80% of final energy consumption comes from conventional sources. As a result, around 65% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the energy sector, making decarbonization of the economy a necessity to help mitigate the effects of climate change and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal.
This article is written by Germán López, Technical Head of Energy and Environment of the Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA) and coordinator of the EERES4WATER project.
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