Between 2005 and 2012, the development of renewable energy in Europe reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7%.
Renewable energy is a solution to decarbonise the economy and mitigate climate change.
Source: EEA, Renewable energy in Europe - Approximated recent growth and knock-on effects (2015)
Hylke, Denmark: Fast track heat pump roll-out cuts more than emissions
In 2015, all heat pumps in European homes saved 24 Mt of CO2 emissions. Part of the savings came from Hylke, a town of 500 residents in Central Denmark. With an innovative business model, they successfully managed to phase out their oil consumption with approximately 30% in one year.
The city decided to replace a series of oil-fired boilers with smart low-maintenance heat pump solutions. The installations measure and log electricity consumption and heat production every 5 minutes. Private households and local business owners followed the example.
Until now, Hylke has cut its annual CO2 emissions by 100t and its annual heating bill by more than €20.000. Half of the savings coming from the local school, allowing using the money for a better cause.
The project is fully applicable to other cities and public-private partnerships with other municipalities are emerging.
Bever, Switzerland: ”Green” milk prevents greenhouse gases
What if we could radically reduce CO2 generated by industries, particularly from industrial heating processes?
One of the highest-located dairy industry in Europe operates in Bever, Switzerland. The Swiss milk industry decided to invest in 115m² parabolic solar collectors, which generate around 70 MWh per year. The high-temperature system then converts solar energy into enough steam for all its dairy products. By doing this, the industry could reduce its CO2 emissions by 18 tonnes per year.
Milk, butter and cheese from Bever not only makes you feel good because of its quality but also because it has been processed with fewer greenhouse gases thanks to solar thermal technology.
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