What Can Be Done?
In order to tackle climate change and the challenges that we face, we need to develop a mix of renewable energy on our electricity grid system. The various types of renewable technologies all have their advantages and disadvantages but together, coupled with energy storage facilities and grid stabilising services, it is possible to create a sustainable and green electricity system that would ultimately eliminate the requirement for fossil fuels.
We also need to look at how we as individuals can reduce our carbon footprint. Below we have set out some of the renewable options available to us along with some of the steps that individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint
According to the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland’s (SEAI) website, “wind energy is both Irelands largest and cheapest renewable electricity resource”. The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change has stated that Ireland should be aiming to have 70% of our electricity generated from renewable sources by 2030.