The power sector is the highest emitter of greenhouse gases each year, accounting for approximately 40 percent of overall atmospheric pollution. Fossil fuels make up 67 percent of the electricity generated in the world, a number that contributes substantially to climate change. More electric companies are beginning to turn to renewable energy as these resources become more efficient and cost effective. Currently, 24 percent of electricity comes from renewable sources and this number is predicted to increase in the coming years. According to Project Drawdown, this sector can be reformed through three strategies: to enhance efficiency, shift production, and to improve the system.
This collection of stories (see below) demonstrates several ways that communities and countries have been limiting their carbon footprint by relying increasingly on renewable energy. In Kenya, local communities are using their natural surroundings of geothermal activity to provide clean energy. India is bringing electricity to villages, while reducing their land-use (and carbon) footprint by installing solar panels in canals. Paris has transformed entire areas to have almost zero emissions by using a combination of power sources such as solar and wind, and the Danish island of Samso generates 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Solutions in this sector are Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are featured in the Campus Ecochallenge.
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