14. 07. 2011.

Launch of IPCC's Special Report on Renewable Energy sources and Climate change mitigation (SRREN)

The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) was agreed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (May, Abu Dhabi) – it assesses existing literature on the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change.

The Report covers the six most important renewable energy technologies and their integration into present and future energy systems:

• Bioenergy, including energy crops; forest, agricultural and livestock residues and so called second generation biofuels

• Direct solar energy, including photovoltaics and concentrating solar power

• Geothermal energy, based on heat extraction from the Earth‘s interior

• Hydropower, including run-of-river, in-stream or dam projects with reservoirs

• Ocean energy, ranging from barrages to ocean currents and ones which harness temperature differences in the marine realm

• Wind energy, including on- and offshore systems

It also takes into consideration the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion.

Renewable energy is neither a luxury nor a distraction as it was correctly stressed by José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission. It means that this is a policy journey where public and businesses must join.

Let’s start the journey!!

More info: http://srren.ipcc-wg3.de/

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