December 3, 2021

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Wind power after Glasgow – the nation

The world is moving In massive energy restructuring. The pace will increase and the consequences will be many and great.

Norway has committed. We’ve made promises to ourselves and the global community about what we’ll contribute by issuing the cuts. This will require the use of more renewable energy in transportation, homes and commercial activities.

There is talk Much about CCS, hydrogen, and ammonia, but such solutions are first and foremost energy-intensive. It is therefore difficult to envision achieving a Norwegian target without increasing emissions-free energy production.

other relationship What we in this country have to bear is that we must not just recondition ourselves to meet our obligations. To a greater extent than other countries, we have to go through a “double adjustment”.

This is because we They also have to deal with the consequences of others turning away from fossil energy to achieve their goals. This outcome of international climate policy may be more difficult for us than fulfilling our national commitments.

Norway supplies It reaches Europe and the world with 7 TWh of fossil energy per day. This corresponds to about 20 times our energy consumption. Important parts of Norwegian business, employment and wellbeing depend on the value creation associated with that business.

GlasgowValen As a result, the oil and gas market will gradually dry up. This means that massive amounts of new renewable energy must be produced, and that Norway, if we are to maintain our level of well-being, must build new income-generating businesses in line with the reduction of oil activities.

It’s possible Imagine how Norway would be able to achieve its climate goals. It is clear that our natural requirements for the production and use of renewable energy are part of this solution. However, it can be more demanding than our neighboring countries in Europe to replace oil and gas.

‘Must be’ Their problem, some might think. But this is not the case in the context of climate. Failure to achieve the goal in other countries is our problem here as well. What matters is the global temperature outcome, and then emissions reductions in all countries are just as important.

When do we go now Fulfilling our commitments, helping to enable our neighboring countries to reduce their emissions, and at the same time creating new business activities in Norway, increased production of renewable energy should be a key factor.

And he is not Only the amount that matters. It will also be important to start with low-cost energy so that this transition to electrification enhances and stimulates the creation of new electricity-based businesses.

If the chance To develop such a new renewable energy that characterizes all actors, municipalities and countries that put their own short-term interests first, we will hardly achieve the necessary scale and pace of development. We see the trend for such ego-centric attitudes in our country and in other countries.

all persons, Corporations, municipalities and states have the right to act to protect their own interests, but if those interests lead to the neglect of vital long-term common considerations, measures must be implemented at a higher level. We are in such a situation now.

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Europe has a We can have it, lack of renewable energy. At the same time, we are witnessing that the development of such energy is slowing down due to unclear framework conditions and local conflicts. So one of the first follow-ups after the Glasgow meeting should be to give the affected communities the necessary incentive to contribute to the development of terrestrial wind energy where this can happen without harming biodiversity.

Wind power is on The land was disputed. Opposition to such a development has driven much of the political interest at sea. Yes, offshore wind has great potential, but this energy is and will likely continue to be much more expensive than terrestrial wind energy.

sea ​​wind will Therefore, in isolation, it does not provide the necessary incentive to electrify Norway, or give us any necessary competitive advantage. However, progress must be made in offshore wind development, at least in order to benefit from Norway’s offshore areas and industrial expertise as part of European energy restructuring.

Glasgow The logical outcome for Norway is to use stronger political tools to accelerate the development of Norwegian wind energy – first and foremost on land, but also at sea. It is the greater production of this type of energy that gives us the best opportunities for rapid results in Norway, Europe and the world.