A Risk Analysis of Europe and Global Warming: Where Did All Our Ice Go?

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Why is everyone so concerned about Global Warming? Join us as we look closer at this unnatural phenomenon and how Europe is dealing with its effects on an international scale.

What is global warming?

Global warming is often defined as the gradual increase of the Earth’s overall temperature. It is commonly attributed to the so called “greenhouse effect”. This is the effect which occurs when certain gasses do not allow the release of heat outward. Instead, they are kept in our atmosphere and projected downwards.

The greenhouse effect has been studied immensely since the discovery of its effects in 1824. It was 1895 that a Swedish chemist had discovered that carbon dioxide makes the production of greenhouse gases worse.

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Why is global warming a problem?

As the world continues to heat up, it alters our terrain and our climate. Heat is not conducive to keeping snow and ice exactly where they are. Early this year, around July, an Antarctic iceberg broke off Larsen ice shelf. It is one of the largest break offs ever recorded. It is supposedly quadruple the size of London. Global warming contributed to the berg breaking away. The saddest thing is that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen global warming affect our climate and our topography.

 In 2003, Europe experience the hottest summer in 500 years. This resulted in 70,000 deaths. Many more may follow.

How has Europe contributed to global warming?

The EU was once the world’s leading importer of oil and gas. The emissions which this led to were abominably high.

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What is Europe doing about it?

In 2014, the EU went into an agreement to target a 40% emissions reduction by 2030. The European Commission launched The Energy Union Strategy. Its purpose was to handle the transformation of the energy supply of all European nations. The overall aim is to secure sustainable and affordable energy.

One of the goals of the EU is now the full integration of the European energy market. Doing so will provide a simultaneous standardization of how energy is created and distributed. Europe is also aiming to develop a smart electricity system.  A smart grid is a sort of electrical grid that has a variety of operational and energy measures. If successfully developed and launched, it presents a system that helps boost the rate of issue detection. It should also be able to work out issues without the intervention of specialists.

Another goal is to significantly lower the EU’s dependence of foreign energy exports.

The European Union Emission Trading scheme enacted a directive which clarified national caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources. There are several other committees and policies which have been made to lower the gas emissions of EU as a whole.

Europe is well on its way to developing smarter systems which yield better long-term effects for our energy issues. It is only a matter of time before renewable energy will be massively available to far flung parts of the EU.

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Let’s Dust Off the Bones: What in Actuality is Renewable Energy?

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The concept of renewable energy has always been thrown around. Just what is it, exactly? Join us as we delve a bit deeper into the concept that has so many vested in its application. The world is warm and it’s only getting warmer. Experts say that this is because we keep burning fossil fuels. Oil, which contains fossil fuel and the subsequent emissions, are responsible for a rapid decline in our planet’s health. It also does not help that this is a limited resource. This means that prices get driven up as the supply dwindles.

This means that more and more of us cannot afford to pay for the energy we consume. This also means that there is a need for an alternative source of energy.

What is renewable energy?

This concept refers to any energy that is harvested from renewable sources. Emphasis must be placed on the fact that these resources naturally replenish over time. Perfect examples of renewable energy are: wind, geothermal heat, sunlight, and rain. There are many other examples but are still subject to research.

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What benefits are there from using renewable energy?

Studies have shown that our activities and existence have placed a significant strain on the planet that we live in. The sheer amount of carbon dioxide produced on a daily basis, coupled with other global warming emissions, drive up the temperature of our planet.

The production of energy is responsible for much of the emissions that harm our environment. Down the line, it’s going to hurt us—big time.

No emissions

Renewable energy prevents that from happening. There are little no emissions when renewable energy is used. If our carbon emissions are severely limited by turning to renewable energy, our planet can be given a chance to bounce back from global warming.

Jobs are created

If Europe gets massive support for renewable energy, the jobs it can create is incredibly substantial. On a global scale, over 7 million jobs are linked to renewable energy industries. With such a figure at the bare minimum application of renewable energy, consider the implications if it becomes the preferred source of energy.

There is no short supply

Unlike oil and fossil fuels, renewable energy makes use of naturally occurring and naturally replenishing resources. An issue with most nations is the rising cost of energy. It simply is no longer affordable for some.

 In the rules of commerce, if the supply is low but demand is high, the prices are high. If something so readily available is made the primary source of energy, what are the odds that power costs would still be high?

What is the problem?

 There are policies that hinder the mass usage of renewable energy. As there is very little support for its application and installation, initial costs can be high. However, the long-term benefits of it cannot be emphasized enough.

This is why a lot of European agencies are galvanizing together to put renewable energy into the international spotlight. Let’s hope they succeed.

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Looking Back: Metering, Billing/CRM Europe 2012 Conference

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We take a look back on an important conference held in 2012. It was held in Amsterdam on October 9th to 11th.  Join us as we discuss the important details regarding smart energy as shared by key speakers. Bear witness to rare insight and thoughtful discourse. The aim of this conference was to join together the critical blend of representatives from key energy fields, governments, as well as economic industries.

This was the year where in there was much emphasis placed upon smart metering, ICT/Data management, smart grids, and so much more. This conference provided a productive space where in learning about smart energy was provided for anyone who cared to learn.

That year, we were honored to have as speakers a plethora of industry giants like the Advisor of the Executive Board of Directors for EDP Distribuicao: Antonio Aires Messias.

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There were several panel debates which generated significant interest. There was a fascinating discussion regarding customer insights and behavior. Could it be possible to learn the algorithm that would help predict consumer behavior to help curb the rapid consumption of energy? Such questions were discussed in the panel discourse entitled: “Evolving customer services: new billing models, transparency and trust”. Retail and consumer behavior are always important when discussing energy consumption. Who else uses energy if not us? The emphasis placed upon the end users generated much discourse. Some thought that placing that much importance on analyzing consumer behavior was unethical. However, it is to be noted that most technological advancement we’ve had was possible because of analyzed patterns.

Symposiums are always a good place to battle out ideologies and meet people whose opinions may clash with yours. What’s important is that there was significant progress in dialogue. This is crucial given that the attendees of the conference could very well determine the path that European energy would take. It is humbling to be part of moments in history that help shape the policies we live by.

To this day, Europe’s energy consumption consistently rises each year. As we consume more and more energy, it does not make sense that the affordability of energy is getting further and further from the reach of the lower economic brackets. Energy is a right of life. It must be prerogative of those in positions of power to find suitable ways to correct the rising costs of energy. There are more sustainable and clean sources of energy, this gathering was able to accept that fact. Why is it that up to know it is difficult to completely push for methods to make energy more affordable?

We must continue to find smart solutions and progressive ideas that benefit not just the few but all. We cannot allow another year to pass wherein fossil fuel is still the primary choice for energy. We, and the coming generations, all stand to gain something from such a thing.

As it is our mission to find arguments and studies which support sustainable energy, this conference was a grand success.

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