Reasons to be cheerful (pt 396)
Here’s a selection of headlines from the last few days:
- Big Oil unexpectedly backing newest non-fossil fuels
- Big Oil abandons $2.5bn arctic drilling rights
- Saudi prince unveils sweeping plans to end ‘addiction’ to oil
- Solar industry chalks up latest record low-cost milestone
- Electric cars to become ‘hallmark’ of VW’s portfolio
- Dyson’s electric car development could become ‘the next Tesla’ (with exciting new battery technology)
We’re getting to the stage where headlines like these hardly make a ripple. The revelation last month that the UK produced a full 25% of its electricity from renewable sources last year, with an additional 20% or so coming from low carbon nuclear, hardly raised an eyebrow. When I got started in Sustainability in 1998, the former figure was at a mere 2% with 90% of that being Scottish hydropower.
I believe there’s only one way the world is moving now and it’s towards a low carbon economy. We’ve got a long way to go, and some rocks to navigate, but we’ve almost certainly pointed the ship in the right direction. Full steam ahead!