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Belgium with 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

12/16/2013 3:05:46 PM | by July Minor

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Today Belgium is faced with the question whether it can start using renewable energy sources and depend entirely on them by 2050. This project seems a bit ambitious, however, according to research carried out by the Federal Planning Bureau, VITO and ICEDD, it turns out this is actually possible.


Transition to renewable energy: advantages


The money needed for this enormous project is about 300 to 400 billion euro. The switch to renewable energy has many advantages. First, it is better than fossil energy since it does not contribute to global warming. It is safer and healthier. Besides if this goal is accomplished, then Belgium will no longer need fossil fuels for its heat, electricity and transport systems. Not to mention, switching to renewable and therefore inexhaustible energy sources can guarantee a better future for us.


This is not going to be an easy task, however. There are several reasons why Belgium may have a hard time achieving this goal. First off, its industry is energy intensive. Second, it lacks enough inexhaustible energy sources. Plus, its residential sector is energy dependable as well and uses a lot of energy. So how is it possible that Belgium could switch to renewable energy by the end of 2050? This will require a number of changes, but researchers guarantee that this will not affect the country's economic growth. Major investments will be required for this purpose. This includes some general infrastructure changes such as adaptations of electricity network and buildings. It is going to be a long and tough process, as the transition will take a lot of time.


Researchers have a number of possible scenarios in order for the project to be done by 2050. They have outlined several strategies.


The cost


As we already mentioned, the cost of such a project varies from 300 to 400 billion euro. In 2040, annual expenses will increase by 20 per cent. This means that the country will have to spend 10 to 15 billion euro annually on the energy system. Everything, however, depends on the price of fuel over the next years. It is also possible that the positive effect of this project is felt sooner than expected if the demand for energy services is reduced to minimum. Of course, these are all presumptions and possible scenarios. Nobody knows what the future holds. Researchers have outlined a plan that will be changed according to different factors and needs. There will be many consequences but the most important thing is that there also will be a number of benefits for Belgian families and for the environment.


Transition to renewable energy: benefits

The benefits for society will be enormous if Belgium switches to renewable energy sources. This means that Belgium will no longer rely on fossil fuels imports. Furthermore, the country will not be dependable on the changes of price of gas, oil and coal. Imported energy will be reduced by 50%. Not to mention, there will also be some benefits for the climate too. And if the environment becomes less hazardous, it will be good for our health.


And yet...


Even though researchers have managed to answer some questions, new ones pop out that are still unanswered. They still need to think about what technologies should be used for this enormous project, what the price would be, what policy measures are needed for achieving the goal. Yet more research is to be done. Hopefully, somebody will find a way out and an answer for every question. Currently, the transition to inexhaustible energy source is still just a big and ambitious project for Belgium but it may become a real-time adventure sooner than we think.


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