Population Growth Demands Commitment to Renewable Energy

Population growth demands commitment to renewable energy

Are renewable energy projects the solution to climate change?

It’s no secret the earth’s population is on the rise, creating an added challenge for the planet’s already strained non-renewable energy resources.

Australia isn’t immune to these trends either, with an ageing population expected to greatly add to the number of Australians calling the country home in the coming decades. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a number of different factors will combine to double Australia’s population by 2075.

If the organisation’s predictions are correct, Australia will have to accommodate around 46 million people, an event that will challenge the country’s utilities. How can Australia prepare for the future?

UN sets sustainable guidelines

The recently concluded United Nations (UN) Sustainability Development Summit saw the organisation release a number of guidelines to ensure the earth’s future is planned with an environmentally friendly focus in mind.

Due to the population gains detailed above, the UN is predicting the demand for energy to grow by nearly 35 per cent by the end of 2020. While the organisation stated that transport will be the leading catalyst for this growth, it’s closely followed by residential and commercial electricity demands – which are where renewable energy systems can have a positive effect.

However, the research did deliver some good news: Renewable energy installations contributed a fifth of all electricity consumed in 2013, a figure that needs to continue to rise along with demand.

According to UN, population growth throughout the world’s urban centres will demand the largest commitment to renewable energy in the coming years. Currently, almost half of the world’s population live in high-density areas, accounting for around 3.5 billion people.

The UN is expecting this number to rise further, reaching 60 per cent of the total population by 2030.

Do people support renewable energy investment?

A report by World Wide Views (WWV) collated the result of a survey that included more than 10,000 people across 97 countries.

According to the findings, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of people worldwide are concerned about climate change, suggesting there will be significant support for renewable energy initiatives that could reduce the emissions often associated with this phenomenon.

While there has been plenty of publicity surrounding renewable energy targets in Australia at both a national and state level, respondents to WWV’s surveys indicated they would support an equivalent mandate at an international level.

To discover how your next project can be aligned with environmental objectives through the use of renewable energy installations, contact the team at MPower.


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