Heliosthana, A Mediterranean Sustainable Energy Country



Posted on 02 June 2010  | 
Heliosthana, a virtual island showing the way to a sustainable energy future.
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Heliosthana, whose six basic steps are immediately applicable in many Mediterranean countries, is built upon realistic solutions that pave the way towards 100% renewable energy.

Fossil fuels are finite, there is an insecurity of energy supply and prices are unstable and destabilising. In addition climate change and nature loss is at our doors, so finding tangible and immediate solutions is critical. Heliosthana provides this by describing a decade-long harmonious transition towards a sustainable energy system that respects people and the planet, while sustaining a balanced economic and social development.

In 2020 Heliosthana combines low energy intensity (20% less than in 2010) with a promising share of renewable energy (20% of primary energy supply). Part of the renewable electricity is exported to neighbouring countries. Education, R&D and healthcare have benefited from the money saved due to reduced investments in fossil fuels.

The Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) has set a target of 20 Gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2020 and the Desertec Industrial Initiative talks about a potential 400 bn EUR investment in renewables in Northern Africa. WWF supports sustainable energy development in the Mediterranean region, however in order to be effective, the MSP still needs to take bold steps to move towards a solar region.

Heliosthana, a virtual island showing the way to a sustainable energy future.
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