Over the years, the production and use of renewable energy to ensure provision of sufficient energy to match the needs of the rapidly growing population has become the major focus of most governments and agencies. However this energy production causes growth in emissions of carbon (IV) oxide which in turn result to climate change. Climate change being a major concern globally and looking for alternate energy sources such as the nuclear power or other ways of mitigating climate change should be a priority.
Alternative sources of energy
To begin with, use of renewable energy technologies has its own benefits including the fact that the sources are infinite and cannot be depleted: they are clean sources of energy that is they have no water or air pollution. (Solar school, 2015) It’s easy to focus on these advantages of renewable forms of energy but disadvantages are also eminent. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the provision of energy services have contributed to increase in atmosphere gas concentration. (IPCC, 2011)Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions can address by use of nuclear energy. Emission reduction cost can be reduced through a wider deployment of nuclear energy which also increases the chances of meeting our climate change objectives.
Use of carbon capture and storage
Maximum use of low carbon technologies should be among the measures put in place in the alternate generation of power. (EU, 2014). Low carbon power comes from processes of technologies that produce power with substantially lower amounts of carbon (IV) oxide emissions than is emitted from conventional fossil fuel power generation. They play a major role in the reduction in greenhouse gas emission (World nuclear association). Innovative technologies should be deployed safely and their risks properly managed. Major issues of concern being carbon capture and storage (CCS) which along with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies is expected to make an important contribution to meet global greenhouse gas emission targets.
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