Future Energy Challenges

After an explosion in global commerce and population, the world is now faced with an urgent energy challenge. How do we balance the requirement for secure, affordable energy with the pressing issue of climate change?

Simply burning coal, oil and gas is no longer an answer to our need for energy. With countries from Japan to the UK becoming ever more reliant on imported fossil fuels, and a surge in demand for energy from emerging economies, we have to respond with a new wave of energy generation that will ensure security without compromising the planet.

Climate indicators show that the planet is now the hottest it has ever been, and temperatures are increasing at a rate unprecedented in the past 1,300 years. Sea levels are rising, ice sheets are losing between 30 and 60 cubic miles of mass per year and the number of extreme weather incidents is increasing; due to excessive global CO2 emissions.

Governments around the world are recognising the need to prioritise low carbon generation in the energy mix. The European Commission published its 20 20 by 2020 package in 2008. This set out aggressive targets to cut the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, as well as increasing the percentage of final energy consumption from renewable energy to 20%.

These targets are a positive step towards a strong low carbon energy industry which can generate energy that doesn't impact on the planet. We will see a slow-down in the growth of CO2 emissions from energy use thanks to energy policy and technological developments, but it is not fast enough to ensure we meet our safe carbon goals.

Low Carbon Energy is the solution

At ARE, we believe that low carbon energy, and specifically those technologies using tidal power, can turn around the energy crisis and environmental pressure we face. We see the vast opportunity for tidal energy to power the world in a predictable, safe and reliable way, infinitely.

ARE is the catalyst for delivering low carbon energy to the UK and Europe