WWF's Energy Report is a provocative vision of a world run entirely on renewable energy by 2050.
This will solve most of the problems of climate change and dwindling fossil fuel resources.
Paramount will be the substantive increase in measures to conserve energy in all sectors.
We can show that such a transition is not only possible but also cost-effective, providing energy that is affordable for all and producing it in ways that can be sustained by the global economy and the planet.
Renewable energy generated from natural sources – water, wind, solar, biomass or geothermal – will play a key role in replacing the world's dependence on fossil fuel based energy sources, such as coal, oil and natural gas which are not renewable. This means once that source of energy has been used, it is gone!
Carbon-capture and storage (CCS) is technology that removes and stores the CO2 during the production of energy from fossil fuels. With further research and investment, CSS technology may prove to be the bridging technology needed to 'get us over the line'.
Preventing forest loss will go a long way to reducing the threat of climate change. Forests are the largest storehouse of carbon, after coal and oil. When they are destroyed – by logging and clearing for developing – massive quantities of CO2 is released into the atmosphere.
What businesses can do
Business has a vital role in implementing technologies that reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Making increasingly better use of resources in manufacturing processes and creating better-performing products with ever-lower energy demands is becoming part of normal business practice.
WWF is working with cutting-edge companies keen to turn necessity into a business advantage.
We believe there are enormous opportunities for businesses to improve their standing and their bottom line through positive actions that cut CO2 emissions.