Renewables: The only path to a secure, affordable and climatefriendly energy system by 2030
Renewables: The only path to a secure, affordable and climatefriendly energy system by 2030 / Uwe Nestle, with Silvia Brugger. Brussels : Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union, 2014, 36 p.
Presentation (© Silvia Brugger) :
Economic and environmental goals sometimes appear to require opposite paths of action. This paper demonstrates, however, that renewables not only drastically reduce emissions; they also create jobs and offer real medium- and long-term savings to the European economy. While fossil fuels and nuclear power will become more expensive, renewable energy will become cheaper. This is even more true if the external costs are factored in. Together with a reduction of energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency, total energy costs for European industries and citizens could even fall. Choosing the “renewable path” thus pays off in the medium and long term.