Increasing the percentage of renewable energy is one of the most important measures we have to limit global warming.
The need for energy is increasing all over the world, and the high consumption is creating higher emissions of CO2 and other gases detrimental to the environment. New approaches and alternatives to coal and oil are needed to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
- The UN’s climate panel has concluded that the emission of greenhouse gases are accelerating climate change, and that the emissions must be cut by 50% by 2050
- The EU has decided that 20% of the energy production in 2020 must come from renewable sources of energy
- Norway will cut the emission of greenhouse gases by 30% compared with 1990 levels by 2020
- The green certificate scheme is intended to fuel a growth in the production of renewable power of 26.4 TWh in Norway and Sweden by 2020
Growth in clean energy
To produce more hydropower, wind power and district heating and develop new sources of energy. These are our keys to a cleaner future, being renewable energy sources with absolutely no greenhouse gases or other polluting emissions.
Statkraft has grown to become Europe’s largest producer of power based on these sources, and we will continue to work to deliver clean energy. We are continuously developing the activities in the Nordic region, Europe and elsewhere in the world, and we are participating in groundbreaking work such as offshore wind turbines off the UK coast.
The connection between renewable energy and the climate is an important issue for Statkraft’s CEO, Christian Rynning-Tønnesen:
“Increasing the share of renewable energy is one of the most important measures we have to limit global warming,” says Rynning-Tønnesen. “The UN’s climate panel has estimated that we must increase the renewable share from the current 8 per cent to about 80 per cent worldwide by 2050. That is nothing short of an energy revolution, and we in Statkraft want to take part.”