But let's start with that:
What exactly are renewable energies and why should you use them?
Renewable energy, as the name suggests, is energy from a source that cannot be consumed. Fossil energy sources such as lignite, hard coal and natural gas are raw materials that provide energy when they are burned. After that, they are used up forever and what remains is primarily one thing: climate-damaging CO2.
With renewable energies such as wind energy, solar energy, hydropower, biomass and geothermal energy, things are different. These sources provide us with energy without being "used up" afterwards. The sun continues to shine, as does the wind, and no climate-damaging gases are produced as a waste product when it is used. Sounds great, doesn't it? We think so too, and that's why we should use renewable energies.
But what does renewable energy have to do with it? As described in our last blog, renewable energy is not always just renewable energy. Real renewable energy consists of 100 % of the said renewable energies, and the renewable energy providers and green electricity generation plants do not operate with energy from fossil sources either. But why is this so important?
This is where the energy transition comes into play: We have to push it forward together!
We are living in times of a climate crisis. The earth is warming up due to human-made emissions and as a result our world as we know it is at risk. To stop global warming, we need to drastically reduce these emissions. The largest contributor to these emissions worldwide is still the energy industry, with electricity and heat generation accounting for the largest share. This is because our current energy system is mainly based on coal, nuclear, gas and oil. And that has to be changed!
The energy transition describes these transformations. It strives for a sustainable way of energy production. In addition to the use of renewable energies, this also means energy efficiency. So what can we personally do to advance the energy transition? The basis is, of course, to switch to real renewable energy. That is the easiest, but also the most important step. Of course, it is also important to reduce one's energy consumption in terms of electricity, heat and also mobility and to make it more efficient. But it would go beyond the scope of this blog to go into that in detail. More about this in the next articles.
Our conclusion: we have to use renewable energies to advance the energy transition together. Or what do you think?
What do you think needs to happen to implement the energy transition? Have you taken any concrete measures? And what need for action do you see in politics and business? Let us know here or write to us on Instagram and Facebook. And stay tuned for the next blog post, where we will go into more detail about the areas in which the energy transition must take place and how this can succeed.
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