A greener, healthier and more prosperous world
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C through electrification and green energy build-out brings significant benefits for the environment and climate.In addition, making the switch from a fossil fuel-based energy system to a renewable energy system also brings a number of other material and societal benefits.
Accelerating the global transformation from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy can:
Save up to 4 million lives a year due to cleaner airCitation Due to the nature of such projections, estimates of future benefits are subject to great uncertainty.
- Each year, around 7 million people die from diseases related to indoor and outdoor air pollutionCitation World Health Organization (2016) Ambient air pollution: a global assessment of exposure and burden of disease.
- Accelerating the transition to clean energy and improving air quality could save up to 4 million lives a year by 2030Citation IRENA (2016) The True Cost of Fossil Fuels: Saving on the Externalities of Air Pollution and Climate Change.
Help deliver electricity to the people who do not currently have power
- Almost one billion people have no access to electricity, which negatively impacts public health, education and economic growthCitation IEA (2018) World Energy Outlook.
- Investing in distributed green solar energy is key in areas with non-existent or weak power grids, ensuring that green power can reach all corners of the world and all of the 8.5 billion people that will be inhabiting planet Earth, in 2030