COP26 and nuclear energy.
- Nov 8, 2021 9:50 am GMT
Why is the COP26 so important? I can think of:
- Emphasis on ‘building back better’ from COVID-19 through a green recovery.
- COP26 is being viewed as a follow up on COP21 “Paris Agreement” in 2015.
- The world has had a wake up call from global climate events.
There are two COPs going on. On the one side are the decision makers and I hope they are all thinking more about the long term interest of the planet than on short term political pressures. Then there’s the COP taking place among the real stakeholders and I see that the younger generation is really present here. They will take over the world.
And now we come to another development: in Brussels. The EU might classify nuclear energy as green. This will have a significant effect on money streams for the coming years that cannot be turned back so easily. My opinion on nuclear energy is not so important here and I admit that nuclear at the production side and efficiency at the consumer’s side don’t exclude each other. Both will address the shortage of energy on the market and the CO2 emissions. However, I am convinced that the endorsement of the latter will give faster results and will arouse less social unrest. It can also be combined with flexibility and thus resolve the peaks on the demand side.
I gave my opinion in the past: the potential of Energy Efficiency is far from exhausted and experts agree that the societies around the world are slow to adopt this potential. Slower than renewables. But that must not be! Energy Efficiency is available in all flavours and for all budgets. Return on Investment can be short or long. You also know my solution to boost Energy Efficiency: capacity building in Energy Management, also with little educational effort on a broad level will enable Energy Efficiency to capillary creep into the technical assets that exist and allow new assets be designed better.
I hope this will not be forgotten in Glasgow.
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