Kepa Solaun, CEO of Factor, will be editor in the special issue Sustainable Solutions toward Climate Change Impacts on Renewable Energy of Sustainability magazine
27 July 2020
One of the objectives of the Paris Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in order to keep the global temperature below 2°C, even increasing efforts and not exceeding 1.5°C. To do so, the global energy system needs to accelerate its transformation and adopt mitigation and emission reduction strategies.
Renewable energies will be key in adapting to a low-carbon future due to their characteristics, they are clean and almost inexhaustible resources provided by nature. Furthermore, due to their indigenous nature, they help to reduce a country's dependence on external energy supplies, reduce the risk of a homogeneous supply and encourage the development of new technologies, as well as the creation of jobs.
According to the latest REN21 report on the global situation of renewables, the renewable energy capacity installed in 2019 was enough to provide approximately 27.3% of the world's electricity. Over the past year, hydropower has accounted for the largest share of supply (58 %), followed by wind power (22 %), solar photovoltaics (10 %) and bioenergy (8 %). According to IRENA, the share of renewable energy in the primary energy supply will grow from less than one sixth today to almost two thirds in 2050.
However, the impact of climate change may negatively affect the reserve and yield of renewable energy resources, which are needed to generate electricity. Renewable energy faces a challenge that can impact hydropower, wind, solar, and other renewable technologies such as biomass, wave, and geothermal.
Numerous studies already address the vulnerability of the energy sector from a demand perspective, but there are a growing number of studies that analyse the impacts of climate change on supply perspective, as transportation lines and other areas along the energy sector value chain can also be affected by climate variables.
This special issue to be published in Sustainabilty magazine, by the academic publisher MDPI, aims to contribute to the study of sustainability aspects related to the impacts of climate change on renewable energy generation.
Likewise, research articles are invited for their review by the editors, Dr. Kepa Solaun, CEO of Factor and Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Navarra, and Prof. Dr. Emilio Cerdá, from the Department of Economic Analysis and Quantum Economics at the Complutense University of Madrid.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts, in English, is February 1, 2021 and you can find all relevant information at the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/climate_change_renewable_energy#editors
In addition, for more information on the subject, we recommend reading the following article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032119306239
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Factor has more than 15 years of experience offering technical consulting services in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation, carbon footprint analysis, sustainability, circular economy, renewable energy and carbon markets, amongst other things, undertaken on behalf of governments and international organizations, as well as for over 400 companies, with more than 1,100 projects undertaken within 40+ countries.