The developed world energy habits have been observed to have practically stayed the same since they were last heavily analysed in the mid 90’s. A recent report has stated that the developed world still heavily rely on conventional fossil fuels and that the emergence of renewable technology such as wind and solar power still hasn’t risen over 10%. Although within the UK it has risen gradually it still makes less than 5% within our own country and so it widely recognized that there is plenty more work to do. On the whole Europe was noticed for it’s lead way within the developed world which is likely to top 15% of energy coming from green power such as wind farms and solar panels by the end of 2014. The governments in the developed world have been working hard to increase the uptake with many offering various indicatives and grants as they recognized the potential energy gap that needs filling.
A report based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which focuses on 34 developed western nations has found the outcomes to be rather unsettling for many countries due to the amount of grant, incentives and public backing that their governments have supplied to the industry.
The energy gap is an ongoing concern that many developed countries including nations which have seen substantial recent growth India etc are trying to keep hold of. This is particularly hard as the report found since the mid 90’s there has been an increase in demand by over a quarter attributed mainly to growing populations and countries becoming more developed. This is coming as rude awakening for many nations as they realizing their efforts thus far have been able to stem demand and convert larger numbers to green energy.
The report also recognizes the amount of pollution the OECD member countries are producing with 60% more in emissions than the rest of the world. It does praise however the continued efforts from developed countries for trying to reduce their emissions via such initiatives set up from various summits, organizations and councils over the years.
Ultimately the report outlined the urgency for which the various members need to address the issue and put further action into place to firstly avoid an impending energy gap and secondly reduce the amount of emissions they are producing.
Some previous related articles of interest:
The importance of the Climate Committee to the UK renewable energy industry
Agricultural solar power generation continues to grow, why?
A look into how the Scottish renewable sector continues to increase uptake