The Renewables Revolution half a century ahead

Wind market share would take up to 37,5% of the total being provided by onshore and offshore wind, accounting for 23.5% and 13,6%, respectively. According to the team estimations, 2.5 million 5mW turbines would require to be installed by mid-century, which would add up to 12,5 TW of capacity.

Indeed, this is really good news as the outcome is considered to be far more aggressive than what the Paris Agreement calls for. Despite the bumps that might come up along the road, researchers trully believe that the plans are still technically and economically feasible, which will require rapid electrification of the countries’ respective energy sectors and consumers making individual changes, including changing to electric heat pumps for air and water heating, for instance.

Despite this might seem quite far, researchers’ predictions are that 80% conversion to renewables will be achieved by 2030, with the final fifth over the next 20 years.

Among the social benefits are that this project will serve as a equializer for 1.5C global warming above pre-industrial levels, and therefore will help prevent millions of annual air-pollution deaths. Besides, these roadmaps provide the first specific plans ever produced to avoid 1,5 degrees Celsius global warming.

In addition to social benefits, such a transition will also generate over 20 million more permanent full-time jobs than lost worldwide, save consumer money and avoid over 3% of each country’s GDP in air pollution health cost alone.