World Monitor Magazine April 2017 - Page 33

EXPERT OPINION 'energy transition' program and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent and to gradually desist from nuclear energy all together by 2022. In May 2016, Germany established a new record in generating renewable energy. Due to the sunny and windy weather, the total energy production by solar, wind, hydro and bioenergy stations was about 55 GW with a total consumption of 63 GW. Thus, the proportion of renewable sources is about 87 percent. Politicians are not the only ones who understand the need to take constructive measures; many companies also realize this. Siemens, for example, has increased its effectiveness in “CO 2 neutrality” by 20 percent during the last four years. Currently, the company has the objective to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2020, with the priority to become “CO 2 neutral” in the long term, by 2030. Indeed, this is a very ambitious goal, but we have to understand that innovative technical solutions play a key role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions; this is an opportunity for industry to take the lead in transitioning towards an era without carbon dioxide. Increasing own efficiency in energy consumption is the situation where everyone wins. Companies reducing their energy consumption not only protect the environment, but also reduce their costs. Distributed energy systems, for example, also help companies achieve their goals to reduce emissions by 50 percent. To this end, Siemens intends to integrate electricity generation to thermal power stations, wind turbines and photovoltaic systems with innovati ٔѽɅ)͵Ёɝ䁵Ёѕ̸)QЁɅѥᅵݥ)Mϊdչٕͥ䁍́ɱ)ɵ)ѕUI= ,(