Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Special Report on limiting Global Warming to a 1.5 °C increase. The landmark report states that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to avoid dangerous climate change.
Kristina Thoring. Communications Director at SolarPower Europe commented “The Paris Agreement obliges us to decarbonise our societies, we cannot afford a business as usual approach. The solutions are obvious, replacing fossil fuels with solar is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to cut greenhouse gases. Solar power reduces global CO2 emissions by 200-300 million tonnes annually, equivalent to the total greenhouse gas emissions of France. We need to accelerate the deployment of solar power to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
The IPCC report highlights the important role of renewables and states that 70 to 85% of electricity must be sourced from renewables by 2050.
Thoring added “Due to its low cost, solar is an easy way for families, corporations and governments to take climate action. Solar is also an extremely versatile technology that can be combined with a range of clean energy technologies such as storage, e-mobility and green hydrogen. Indeed, solar is the key climate solution for all these reasons.”