Over the weekend – an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a summary of its report for policymakers titled Climate Change 2014 – Mitigation of Climate Change – which is being released today. 25x’25 reports the summary says global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels – despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. In fact – between 2000 and 2010 – those emissions grew more quickly than in each of the three previous decades. The study also shows carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributed nearly 78-percent of the total GHG emission increase from 1970 to 2010.
However – the report notes many renewable energy technologies have demonstrated performance improvements and cost reductions. According to the report – renewed investment in the kinds of renewable energy advocated by 25x’25 can bring about the desired outcome of limiting the global mean temperature two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The panel says sustainability of production practices and the efficiency of those practices are issues to consider – but that bioenergy can play a critical role for mitigating climate change.Share