The EEC Announces 2020s as The Decade of Renewable Energy

The European Energy Centre (EEC) has announced the 2020s as the Decade of Renewable Energy, following the critical shift from fossil fuel to Renewable Energy Technology as a way to resolve the climate emergency. The approaching COP26 global Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2020 puts into focus the urgency of taking action for a sustainable future.

The EEC is an independent professional body and has been running courses with top universities since 1975. Collaborating closely with the United Nations (UNEP), the EEC works to promote best practice in Renewable Energy and Technology among individuals and companies both locally and internationally and is committed to provide training in Green Energy solutions in order to stop the climate crisis.

Introducing the 2020s, the media is dominated by stories highlighting the devastating effects that climate change is having on the environment on a global scale, from long-lasting heatwaves and droughts to record-breaking wildfires and intensified flooding. Nowhere is safe from the impact of rising temperatures and as the effects become increasingly difficult to ignore, governments and businesses around the world are under pressure to implement more aggressive targets on carbon reduction.

Replacing fossil fuels with Renewable Energy is crucial in order to stop greenhouse emissions and secure the planet’s future. The latest research shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon waste within the next 12 years and halt the increase in average temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Immediate action is necessary to end global warming and Renewable Energy will play a vital role in this.

When 196 nations signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, it was seen as a historic moment in the war on climate change. However, little progress has been made since, and at the COP25 in Madrid in December 2019, the over 190 countries involved failed to come to an agreement on emissions targets or come up with a concrete plan of action to limit global heating.

The UN has stated that countries need to cut emissions by 45% by 2030, stop subsidising fossil fuels and stop construction of new coal plants from 2020. Further detailed discussions on this are expected to be held at the COP26 in Glasgow.

Although there is still a lot of work to be done, a significant amount of countries and cities around the world are already making huge steps in cutting carbon emissions by turning to Renewable Energy, investing in new technologies and improving infrastructure.

Figures from UNEP show that Renewable Energy generated 12.9 % of global electricity in 2018, which meant that there were 2 billion tonnes fewer carbon dioxide emissions than if 100% had been provided through fossil fuel. This is a positive outcome, but one that we need to build upon urgently over the next decade.

In the UK, many councils have announced a climate emergency; the EEC recently provided a bespoke course in Renewable Energy to Nottingham City Council, which has the ambition of becoming a carbon neutral city by 2028. The EEC is pleased to confirm that the interest in upskilling in Renewable Energy has intensified in the past years.

There is a global growth in the amount of Renewable Energy job opportunities, and as the demand for skilled professionals in Green Energy expands, salaries in the industry are predicted to rise. Professionals with experience in the fossil fuel industry are changing careers to Renewables, making use of their transferable skills, combined with the knowledge gained from Renewable Energy training.

In order to ensure the planet’s survival, upskilling in Renewable Energy is essential for every organisation, company and country. A sustainable future begins here, with global collective efforts to make our environment brighter, cleaner and greener.

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