In the last couple of years, since the global warming became more than just a theory, we’ve had quite a bit of broken records on our hands. In 2016, every month brought new record-breaking temperatures, and the year itself was a record-breaking one. And that was only the last one in the series of record-breaking years. Many other records were broken as well, for example, the sea level record, as well as the one concerning the temperature of the ocean. Next, the highest recorded level of carbon dioxide, and many others. And they all seem to be going in the wrong direction.
This kind of record breaking has made positive things that much more valuable. And so, when Germany managed to set a record for producing renewable energy, many have seen it as a major reason for celebration. Around 85% of the consumed electricity on April 30 was generated by some sort of renewable sources, and these include hydroelectric, wind, or solar power. It’s even said that most of Germany’s coal-powered stations weren’t even operating on April 30.
This is something that’s considered to be amazing in our time, but it’s expected that by 2030, a day like April 30 would be just a regular, normal day, That’s how committed to clean energy Germany is. National Geographic even called this country a leader in the energy revolution. Germany’s so committed to this idea of clean energy, that they’re hoping they’ll be able to completely ban combustion engines by 2050. The plan is to reduce the carbon emissions down to 20% of the levels we experienced during the 1990s.
And of course, Germany’s not the only one with this noble goal. Two years ago, Canada managed to meet 66% of the entire country’s energy requirements via the use of renewable sources. Countries like Costa Rica, Spain, and the UAE are doing their best to reduce the dependence on the traditional, fossil fuels. In 2016, up to 90% of Europe’s power grid consisted of the new, renewable energy sources. This was the signal of one entire continent’s commitment to clean, renewable energy. Even the poorest of the world’s nations have started the process of transition, and are now trying to switch to renewable energy.
The initiative shown by Germany and other countries with similar points of view might help us get to that clean world, where all of the records related to the environment are a cause for celebration.