The end of the age of fossil fuels is in sight. Renewable energies offer opportunities throughout the world. BONN PERSPECTIVES explores the global transformation of energy systems.
In the light of globally increasing energy consumption, the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and advancing climate change, the expansion of renewable energies is crucial. Sun and wind alone can provide enough energy to meet the needs of the world’s people both now and in the future. Renewable energies constitute a great opportunity, in particular for developing countries and countries poor in raw materials. On the one hand, they are a driver of economic growth, and on the other they reduce dependency on imports of fossil fuels. Yet in 2009 only 18% of global electricity was produced from renewable sources. What is standing in the way of a breakthrough for renewable energy? Why is the energy revolution so slow to take hold in the transport and industrial sectors? These are questions that BONN PERSPECTIVES will be asking.