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Report on Renewables and Climate Change Mitigation Released

May 14, 2011

As the UNA Southern New York State Division starts its work on energy issues, from time to time this blog will present information on UN-related and other activities and research.

The 11th Session of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), meeting in Abu Dhabi, agreed on May 9th to a summary document called “The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN).”    The 26-page document assesses existing literature on the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems.   These are Bioenergy, Direct Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, Ocean Energy and Wind Energy.

The policy guidance takes into consideration the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion. 

For more information, see:  or the home site of the IPCC: 

A press release issued at the end of the session stated “Close to 80 percent of the world‘s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies….”

It further stated that the findings, from over 120 researchers working with the IPCC “also indicate that the rising penetration of renewable energies could lead to cumulative greenhouse gas savings equivalent to 220 to 560 Gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtC02eq) between 2010 and 2050.”

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