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Learn, copy and take action the swedish way of renewable energy model.

Discussion of renewable energy has largely focused on wind, solar and hydro for electricity generation. Sweden has opted for an economy-wide biomass-based system. Sweden has implemented biofuels, biodiesel and biogas on all transportation and it provides heat energy needs for industry, institutions and household. transforming waste-to energy plant to replace oil and coal-fired power plants with wastes and woody biomass.

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We all should learn from the Swedish. They are committed in tackling the global warming as well as sustainability for future generation. It is definitely a good movement and if Sweden can do it, all nation should be able to follow and succeed. Countries that rely on coal-fired power plant such as Australia should take action to reduce or eliminate the use of coal-fired. Australia has failed to pay proper attention to renewable energy resource and further has cut funding from research. Moreover, implementation of carbon tax has yet to see its fruitful outcome in reducing carbon waste from industrialisation. 

 

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Beware of false solutions. It is important that we differentiate between locally sourced waste that is turned into biomass or biofuels which can have tremendous benefits by replacing non-renewable alternatives and providing cheap sources of energy. However, we have to be very very careful not to promote the large scale application of biofuels or even biomass. In the UK old coal fired power plants are to be converted to burn biomass. Only said biomass is to come from virgin forests overseas.

As Pearce (2012, p.300) points out, industrial palm oil plantations for example often replace former rainforest or carbon-rich peatland, undermining claims that biofuels are carbon neutral or help mitigate climate change. Also of concern is that biofuel production replaces food crops and so exacerbates food poverty. In 2011, German airline Lufthansa launched its first bio-fuelled flight which was heavily criticised by environmental groups concerned that the airline would need an equivalent of 35% of Germany’s arable land to meet demand from jatropha in 2025 and that this would contribute to landgrabs or forced evictions in developing countries. Six months later the airline put its biofuel trial on hold but has since started to investigate an alternative produced from food waste. Shiva (2008) concludes that: “Industrial biofuels are not the fuels of the poor; they are the foods of the poor transformed into heat, electricity, and fuel for the rich.”