Fossil fuels may be too expensive to use in 100 years
Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change met in May in Bangkok to focus on mitigation of climate change.
In April, Working Group II provided a full report on the impacts of climate change, the adaptations which are needed to meet them and the vulnerability to climate change of the peoples of the world. The report also included consideration of various ‘emission scenarios’ projected for the future. The report highlighted using one of the following for energy sources:
- A fossil intensive system
- The use of non-fossil energy sources
- A balance across all energy sources and not relying on one particular energy source.
It is widely believed that in the next 100 years the cost of finding and extracting new deposits (of fossil fuels) will render them too expensive for everyday use. Additionally the UK’s target to cut carbon emissions by 20% by 2010 is essential if it is to achieve the much larger reduction needed over the next few decades.
Work with your pupils to investigate alternative sources of energy using the activities below:
5–7s: Where does energy come from?
7–11s: How will it work?
Could the UK lead the way in fighting climate change?
Bernie Bulkin, chair for energy and transport at the Sustainable Development Commission believes, ‘There is real benefit to the UK from being a leader in implementing efficient new technologies that promote growth whilst minimising fossil fuel use, in both transport and buildings.’
In April E.ON launched a new UK environmental fund to help communities go green. E.ON offers grants of up to £30,000 to UK communities for sustainable energy projects, which could include wind turbines on community hall roofs.
Tim Pyke, Head of Climate Change for E.ON UK said ‘We're working hard at E.ON to minimise our impact on the environment – and are committed to reduce the carbon intensity of our generation by 10% by 2012 – but we also want communities to help lead the fight against climate change.’
Work with your pupils to help them to understand some of the benefits of renewable energy sources using the activities below:
5–7s: Energy sources