In 2015, 197 countries signed the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change and global emissions.
The ‘Conference of the Parties’ was held on the 12th December 2015 in Paris and became a landmark in human history which epitomized the power of community in the race to tackle human induced climate change.
The Agreement operates in 5 year cycles whereby at the end of every 5 years a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) is submitted by each country to showcase their contributions to the Agreement. This may for example include their efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses (GHG).
The Paris Agreements’ main aim is to ensure that global temperatures do not surpass an increase of 2 degrees Celsius (although 1.5 degrees Celsius is the desired limit) in comparison to pre-industrial climate records.
The Agreement outlines multiple areas to address with relation to climate concerns and GHG. These include:
- GHG reduction: Countries are encouraged to reduce their emissions
- Sinks and reservoirs (Article 5): Countries are encouraged to conserve and increase, sinks and reservoirs for GHGs. This for example may include planting more forests.
- Adaptation (Article 7): Countries are encouraged to construct infrastructure and adapt lifestyles in order to become resilient to the effects of future climate change.
Whilst there is no singular ‘right way’ to achieve these aims, countries are requested to be transparent with their actions. This is highlighted under the Enhanced Transparency Framework. The cooperation with this framework will enable verification and therefore credibility of the country’s efforts towards climate action.
Whilst the number of countries participating in the Agreement has fluctuated over the years, it is with great pleasure that Joe Biden announced in 2020 that he aims to rejoin America to the Paris Agreement.
Why Does it Matter for Green Energy Production?
Realistically, if countries continue to exploit fossil fuels the likelihood of GHG’s evidencing a significant reduction is low. This is why green energy production is essential for the success of the Paris Agreement.
Whilst it would be wrong to suggest that renewable energy is 100% green, it is without a doubt the cleaner and greener alternative to fossil fuels.
Under the Paris Agreement, countries are shifting towards the construction of: wind farms, solar farms, biomass burners and in some cases hydroelectric. Moreover, we are seeing an adoption of electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell powered transport and microgeneration energy systems such as home solar thermal or PV systems.
Renewable energy therefore is absolutely essential for climate action. This is the case anyhow if as a society we still want electrical appliances, heating, transport and technology. Otherwise the solution would be simple, we could revert back to ancestral times where we hunted and gathered…although, I don’t quite see society accepting this sort of transition.
Huub and Green Energy
Huub is a Dorset based, British company that constructs modular solar powered garden buildings. The company is completely modular since this method of construction has significant environmental benefits as it reduces energy usage by up to 67% and reduces waste by up to 90%.
All Huub garden buildings host solar panels which depending on the size of the array, can produce between 3,000 – 5,000 kWh of renewable energy which is enough to power most homes in the UK!
Huub uses premium eco material such as:
- Recycled aluminium
- Sustainable siberian larch cladding
- Forbo recycled/eco flooring
- Woodfibre insulation: Highly insulation and great for acoustics
At Huub we ensure that we build with the environment in mind. We truly believe that renewable energy is essential for green electricity generation and, we offer clients the ability to participate and be part of the movement towards a renewable future.
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