– what’s what in the world of Electricity
Only one fourth of the electricity generated globally is made from renewable sources – meaning the world still primarily runs on coal, oil and on natural gas. This has major impact on our environment! More fossil free energy production simply means less global warming (and as a “bonus” we get improved public health, economic benefits and a more stable energy sector).
The good news is every single individual can make a difference. The easiest way to make an impact is to demand the right electricity for our homes. These are the terms to keep track on when you talk to your electricity provider:
Includes coal, oil and natural gas. Usage of these sources are not viable for a sustainable global future. If you don’t make an active choice you end up with an electricity mix including fossil.
Electricity produced from other sources than above. Virtually without CO2-emissions. Note however that this includes nuclear power.
Electricity produced from water, wind and sun. Better for the environment, but some production methods herein are still questioned.
Usually used synonymous with renewable power, but note that there are no official requirements on what can be called “green” and no independent audits are made.
“Certified, green electricity”
(e.g. Bra miljöval, EcoEnergy) = there are no global standards, but look after your country’s current certifications. The certifications should state that on top of only using renewable sources there are additional environmental conditions to be met to make sure the nature and wild life is preserved.
An energy system that serves the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations.
The ones who have made the stand to invest in their own renewable power production, sun or wind, and therefore adding new, pure electricity to the system – pushing out the need for fossil fuels.