EGP plants under construction in 2015 will avoid more than 573,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per years, since renewables are increasingly important for climate change, as shown by the fact that in 2014, for the first time in 40 years, CO2 emissions worldwide have stalled thanks to energy efficiency, green sources and smart consumption.
More than 573,000 tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions is the amount of carbon dioxide that will not be released due to the construction of new plants by EGP just in 2015. A saving in terms of health and sustainability that results in more MWs of wind and solar PV, more renewable energy for Brazil, Italy, Chile and South Africa and less greenhouse gas emissions for the whole world.
CO2 global emissions stalled in 2014. “For the first time greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth. This is both a very welcome surprise and a significant one”, said International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol, who explained that this marks the first time that greenhouse gas emissions have remained stable in 40 years and – unlike what happened in the past – this is not taking place in the middle of an economic crisis and recession that have reduced consumption. Annual global emissions remained at 32 gigatonnes in 2014, unchanged from the previous year, and this achievement is also the result of a combination of energy efficiency, spreading renewables and small steps of attention towards climate change made also by countries that up to now were less concerned about this issue.
Enel Green Power’s growth, sustainability and competitiveness cannot be measured only in terms of the new MWs that are online and the million of euros and dollars that have been invested for the construction of plants. In fact, due to its ability to avoid emissions and to provide clean electricity to an increasing amount of families, EGP plays a central role on the global energy market, which is looking for sustainable and reliable solutions aimed to promote a low-carbon economy that will support economic development while ensuring environmental and health protection.