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Silver Lining of COVID-19 in Renewables

Reduction of carbon emission during COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is some sort of a silver lining


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Reduction of carbon emission during COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is some sort of a silver lining in the industry of green renewables.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the governments of the world implementing extended community quarantines, social distancing laws, and other mandates that ensure the flattening of the curve, the eradication of COVID-19’s ability to spread among millions of hosts, and the speedy recovery of the people in the world.

However, one cannot deny that in this new normal, where working from home has become more evident as a norm, where meetings are now behind the monitor of one’s computer, and where we spend our time online or watching shows, the importance of energy and electricity in our lives has become more pronounced and emphasized.

Truly, we have been spending more time at home in order to keep safe from the looming threat of COVID-19. The least we can do is spend a greener, more environmentally-friendly source of energy in order to fulfill our daily tasks.

COVID-19 is the great renewables catalyst

Renewable energy sources and alternative renewables have a much greater role in cutting carbon emissions, from heavy industry and transport to reach virtually zero emissions by the year 2050, particularly by investing in green hydrogen.

This clean-burning fuel is able to replace the fossil fuel gas used in building steel and mixing cement. It could also be created by using vast amounts of clean electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen elements.

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Green Economic Recovery

The call for a green economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis has already been released after a serious warning from Dr. Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, that government policies must be put in place to avoid an investment hiatus in the energy transition.

Of course, these new findings still need to be tested for credibility. The research made has also shed light upon more reliable and often neglected sources of green energy, such as hydropower, which are essential in assuring everyone has a consistent supply of energy.

In exceptional situations like the current pandemic, where a fluctuation in energy supply could put lives and employment at even greater risk, this is particularly important.

 

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Robert Bagatsing
Managing Editor and Founder of GineersNow based in Dubai and Manila. Survived marketing at Harvard, Management at AIM and proud Bedan.

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