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10 Recommendations for 100 Percent Renewable Energy Future

The Energy Report launched February 3 by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and co-authored with Dutch energy consultancy, Ecofys, and OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), claims that almost all of the world’s demand for energy for electricity, transportation and heating could be met from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power by 2050.

The report identifies 10 key recommendations for the transition to 100 percent renewable power by 2050.

1. Clean Energy
Promote only the most efficient products. Develop existing and new renewable energy sources to provide enough clean energy for all by 2050.

2. Grids
Share and exchange clean energy through grids and trade, making the best use of sustainable energy resources in different areas.

3. Access
End energy poverty: provide clean electricity and promote sustainable practices, such as efficient cook stoves, to everyone in developing countries.

4. Money
Invest in renewable, clean energy and energy-efficient products and buildings.

5. Food
Stop food waste. Choose food that is sourced in an efficient and sustainable way to free up land for nature, sustainable forestry and biofuel production. Everyone has an equal right to healthy levels of protein in their diet – for this to happen, wealthier people need to eat less meat.

6. Materials
Reduce, re-use, recycle – to minimize waste and save energy. Develop durable materials. And avoid things we don’t need.

7. Transport
Provide incentives to encourage greater use of public transport, and to reduce the distances people and goods travel. Promote electrification wherever possible, and support research into hydrogen for shipping and aviation.

8. Technology
Develop national, bilateral and multilateral action plans to promote research and development in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

9. Sustainability
Develop and enforce strict sustainability criteria that ensure renewable energy is compatible with environmental and development goals.

10. Agreements
Support ambitious climate and energy agreements to provide global guidance and promote global cooperation on renewable energy and efficiency efforts.

Source: WWF The Energy Report.

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