Taiwanese Companies Commit to 100% Renewables, Despite a Dirty Grid

The first of what might eventually be a flood of Taiwanese companies have committed to sourcing 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/11/22
By: Nate Maynard

Credit: Reuters / TPG

Your alarm goes off, you put on a cup of tea and turn off the fan from the unusually warm night before. At each stage of the repetitive process of waking up, you depend on energy, you depend on fossil fuels. What if you didn’t have to?

Who runs the world? Fossil fuels
The way we make electricity, whether by combusting fossil fuels or through renewables has great impacts on global carbon dioxide emissions, air quality, and economic competitiveness. Last year, energy-related emissions grew by 1.4 percent to an all-time high of 32.5 gigatons (Gt). Energy usage makes up 72 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions by sector. While some suggest that the impact from agriculture and land-use change (deforestation) is underestimated, it’s safe to say the that the extraction, processing, and use of fossil fuels is the primary driver of anthropogenic climate change.

Thus if we want to avoid the nightmare of a 1.5 degree Celsius hotter world, we will need to fix our energy system.    [FULL  STORY]

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