Renewable energy is a hot topic in today’s world and for good reason. With the increasing demand for energy and the alarming effects of climate change, it is essential that we transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
Renewable energy not only reduces our dependence on finite resources like oil and gas, but it also helps to mitigate the impacts of climate change, improve air quality and public health, and provide a more secure energy future for generations to come.
In this blog, we will explore the importance of renewable energy and the benefits it brings to both the environment and society.
To put that figure into perspective, that’s over 6 Billion people who depend on fossil fuels to provide the energy they use, fuel that is provided and consumed by nations that don’t always see eye-to-eye. Recent world events have proved how true that sentence is!
We’re surrounded by Renewable resources but we’re only just tapping into the surface of the power that is available to be harnessed from the land, sea and air. With enough effort and resource, we should be able to achieve the Net Zero goal by 2050 – providing countless benefits along the way.
But what are those benefits?
1. Free Energy... Forever
It’s worth reminding you that renewable energy is the cheapest form of energy available to us, in the majority of parts of the world. Readers of this article will be happy to read that between 2010 and 2020 the cost of Solar fell by nearly 85%, this comes with the technological advancements and the mass adoption of solar PV, world-wide.
In the UK, nearly one million homes have Solar PV installed and are benefitting from limitless, free energy to power their everyday needs.
In recent years, the adoption of Wind energy has also increased by large energy corporations and even some heavy-usage independent businesses have invested in their own turbine to sit on their facility and provide power for their premises, but also to work as a revenue-generating asset by providing excess energy back to the Grid.
Over the same ten-year period, onshore wind energy fell by 56%, and offshore wind fell by 48%. Now you can see why the adoption has peaked in the last couple of years.
2. Increased Job Opportunities
As we transition away from the fossil fuel industry, jobs will be lost on Oil Rigs and Power Stations worldwide. Still, the International Energy Agency estimates that over fourteen million jobs will be created by the renewable energy sector, compared to the five million that will be lost in the fossil fuel industry.
A net gain of over nine million jobs worldwide, in an industry that will only continue to grow. We’re proud to be part of those statistics and the formation of InspireGreen aims to provide a high number of job opportunities in the region.
Across the clean energy sector, including electric car manufacturers, a further sixteen million jobs are expected to be created by 2030.
3. Health & Environmental Benefits
Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and hydropower, are healthier than traditional fossil fuels because they do not emit harmful pollutants into the air. Burning fossil fuels releases harmful substances such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter into the atmosphere, which can have negative impacts on air quality and public health.
These pollutants contribute to air pollution and can cause respiratory issues, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems. In contrast, renewable energy sources do not produce any air pollution, making them a much healthier option for communities and the environment. Additionally, renewable energy helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are the primary cause of climate change. By transitioning to renewable energy, we can help to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change, protect public health, and improve the quality of life for communities around the world.
4. Oil Rigs & Mining
Over the years there have been numerous rig and mining incidents, causing risk to both human and marine life. But there is more to Oil Rigs & Mining that impacts the ocean negatively.
Oil Spills: One of the biggest environmental concerns with oil mining is the potential for oil spills, which can cause widespread damage to marine life and the ecosystem. Oil spills can smother and suffocate wildlife, contaminate their habitats, and disrupt the food chain.
Marine Debris: The process of oil mining can also result in marine debris, such as broken pipelines, discarded equipment, and litter. This debris can harm marine animals and plants, as well as impact their habitats.
Water Pollution: Oil mining operations can also release toxic chemicals and pollutants into the ocean, causing water pollution. This can harm marine life and affect the overall health of the ecosystem.
Habitat Destruction: Some oil mining operations involve drilling in sensitive marine habitats, such as coral reefs, which can result in habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.
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