- Jul 28, 2020 9:13 am GMT
The main stated goal of the UNFCCC process in the power engineering is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the environment by phasing out the use of fossil fuel energy systems (FFS). Further, it is called the Main Goal. The essence of the UNFCCC process is to replace FFSs with Renewable Energy Sources (RES).
It is obvious that for the manufacture of renewable energy structures, their delivery to the place of use, installation, commissioning and maintenance, a certain amount of energy, materials and labor of people are always expended. All of these works are accompanied by environmental impacts at the places of their implementation. Often, the above work is performed long before the start of the use of RESs and several thousand kilometers from the place of their use. In addition, there is no accurate and uniform end-to-end accounting of labor costs of people, energy, materials and harmful environmental impacts when performing these works. This time lag, remoteness and lack of end-to-end accounting break the causal link between global environmental change and the use of RESs regardless of the total values of the above costs and impacts due to the breakdown of this causal relationship. The illusion of the absolute “environmental friendly” of RESs arose due to the breaking of this causal relationship and the absence of tangible environmental impacts at the places of their use. Gradually, this illusion grew into a persistent misconception about the absolute “environmental friendly” of RESs due to the media and the involvement of many enthusiasts in the struggle to preserve the environment.
Thus, it was proved that the postulate of the absolute "environmental friendly" of RESs is a misconception.
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