• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Investigate how renewable energy and energy efficiency will contribute to a more sustainable future

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Investigate how renewable energy and energy efficiency will contribute to a more sustainable future Part 1 Within the next 20 -30 years it is predicted that with current rates of energy consumption and declining quantities of oil, coal gas there will be a far greater need to find more sustainable sources of energy. This has lead to an increased push for the development of renewable sources of energy. Predictions have been made that we need to increase the amount of renewables from 25TW/h to 125TW/h (see Fig 1) Our energy supply in 2007 saw just 7% coming from renewable sources compared to a considerable reliance in Oil with 40%. (see Fig 2) Fig 3 shows the growth in the generation of energy from renewable energy sources. Hydroelectric power was seen as the possible answer to providing the UK with renewable energy. ...read more.

Middle

Fig 7 shows a range of sustainable methods that homeowners could use to do this. It would also bring homeowners the added advantage of lowering energy bills. Part 2 Some feel that the costs of producing more electricity using renewable methods is costing to much money and is being at the expense of the general public through their electricity bills; 'electricity customers paying over �1 billion per year to subsidise wind farms and other forms of renewable energy'. (Sunday Telegraph) The British Government has set targets for increasing the amount of fuel produced from renewable sources and these fit in with the European Union targets. 'Renewables in the UK are not yet a significant source of energy. As of 2008 renewables constituted 2.25% of energy sources. The UK has an EU target for renewable energy of 15% by 2020 to fit within the EU's overall target of 20%.' ...read more.

Conclusion

The Thanet Wind Farm in Kent employed 3,600 people during its construction, with 30% of workers from the UK. In addition to this, up to 20 technicians from the local area have now been employed to work there full time. Wind farms generate negative feeling from local residents regarding the aesthetics of them. "I don't like them. I look at the (turbines) and I think they're an eyesore quite honestly." (BBC News, South Today) There has been some concern that the British government is putting too much focus on wind power as the answer to our energy supply problems, with a lack of investment in other alternatives such as the Severn Tidal Barrage. 'Professor Ian Fells, an energy expert, said: "What worries me is the government seems to be obsessed with the option of wind farms and neglects other sources of renewable energy, which in may ways could be more important.' (BBC News) ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Human Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Human Geography essays

  1. World Resources - scarcity and conflict. Views on the future.

    This is best displayed in a case study: In the year 2000 Family A (comprising of a husband and wife) used 20,000kg of energy per year. In 2002 they had their first child. Before Family A didn't watch that much T.V., however now because their child needs entertainment, the T.V.

  2. Outline for an Action Plan for sustainable coast management in the Seychelles

    Putting the elements into action The administrative process of ICZM is to be organised and applied by an ICZM task force as part of the Ministry of Environment. Its role in the implementation of the following objectives would be to deploy, guide and set aside the necessary resources for each task.

  1. The aim of this project is to prove that the development of the former ...

    of the various areas, unemployment information of Ellesmere, Photo's of Wharf Road and the questionnaire results for question nine. All four of my field sketches have shown to have on a whole the same main careerists as each other. Most of the widows have been smashed or broken on purpose as a sign of vandalism.

  2. To investigate the characteristics of two contrasting C.B.D's.

    The CBD (regardless of size) provides the same functions and services. Data Collection and Presentation Techniques * Land Use Survey - A plan of the C.B.D. drawn on graph paper, with the uses and heights of the buildings marked on them.

  1. Travel Article

    which is an annual event that takes place in the month of March. It gets so crowded that it takes almost 2 hours to get to Al Riqqa Street from Bur Dubai via the Al Maktoum Bridge. The DSF is far more than a shopping extravaganza, there is a carnival

  2. Pros and cons of renewable energy - wind power, solar and biomass.

    There will be times when they produce no electricity at all. * Many people feel that the countryside should be left untouched, without these large structures being built. The landscape should left in its natural form for everyone to enjoy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work