July 26, 2021

The European Union states that switching to renewables is a relief to the environment

The European Environment Agency (EEA) stated that the switch to clean energy sources from emissive fossil fuel energy helps minimize the environmental challenges resulting from greenhouse gas emissions. The agency added that this trend is subduing the climate change problem that we have lamented in recent years. Comparison between the renewable energy levels 15 years ago and this era reveals that the sector has doubled to begin thinning out the fossil fuels that have been depended upon in the past. Moreover, the EU’s plan to transition to fossil fuels as an energy source has yielded tremendous results, although there are still a few barriers that the Union must overcome.

Some of the problems that they should also pay attention to include soil acidification, eutrophication of water bodies impeding marine life’s survival, and, in other instances eliminating the endangered species. All these problems emanate from air pollution, which eventually cycles back to Earth as acid rain. The replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy all over the EU creates opportunities for the raising of standards of the citizens, starting from improved air quality to employment creation in the facilities established to generate clean electricity.

The agency has been observing the emission capacity of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, discovering that they affect the productivity of the environment. The agency energy and environment expert, Mihai Tomescu, explained that coal production and coal-fired plants have the grandest scale of emissions. Tomescu pointed that this sector is the most dependent upon for years, and this narrative must change to resolve the environmental problems.

Nevertheless, renewable energy is also not without fault. The combustion of wastes to generate electricity intensifies the toxicity of water bodies, and biomass energy increases the filling of land and creates particulates that enter the atmosphere resulting in health complications discoverable in aging people who have lived in areas with such emissions.

The achievement of the EU’s emission strategies will demand a fast-growing uptake and exploration of renewable energy sources. This move must be visible by clocking 70% renewable energy consumption in the countries comprising the Union by the end of this decade. Since the EU has set these targets, it must handle the environmental challenges resulting from renewables’ utilization. For instance, the developers of solar photovoltaic panels can ensure that the material they use is pure to minimize toxicity when they are discarded after malfunctioning or aging.