Energy availability and transitioning to renewable energy are challenges that confront every region of the world. Below are select discussions of these issues and actions being taken within each of six regions of the world.
The goal of the non-profit Desertec Foundation is to create a transnational super grid of renewable energy through large-scale production of wind and solar power from deserts. Go here to discover what Desertec has accomplished in Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia.
The government of Japan has lifted a ban on nuclear power that was put in place after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in March 2011. The government remains committed to nuclear power, though most Japanese people do not want it. Read about this government action.
The European Commission has assembled the energy action plans of every EU nation for reducing carbon emissions and shifting to renewable energy. You can access each of these national reports at the European Union: Energy website.
The student-led fossil fuel divestment movement has grown to over 300 college campuses. It is also impacting cities, faith-based institutions, foundations, and pension funds. To find out more about this movement and actions being taken, visit the wearepowershift.org website.
The Chilean government has approved of the development of what will be one of the world's largest solar projects for energy storage. When complete in 2019, the Copiapó Solar Project will deliver 260 megawatts of clean, non-intermittent baseload power a day to consumers.
Bangladesh is the first country to get funds from the United Nations for its fast growing solar home system. The system is lighting up houses in off-grid villages, showing the world the way to a low-carbon future. Read about this here.
Questions to Consider
Select a country from a world region you have never visited and do some fact-finding about energy.
- What are the major forms of energy used in the country?
- Is energy available to all people in the country?
- Does the government have any policies to increase the use of renewable energy in the country?
- How does the country you live in compare with this country in terms of energy availability and the amount of renewable energy used?