Renewable energy 'could replace fossil fuels'

04 Nov 2010
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Renewable energy 'could replace fossil fuels'

Renewable energy has the potential to completely replace fossil fuels, according to an industry expert.

Taking part in a question and answer session for the Guardian, Brazilian nuclear physicist Jose Goldemberg revealed that in order for it to be possible for renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, consumption levels need to come down dramatically.

He pointed out that at the moment, only around ten per cent of the power produced across Europe comes from renewable energy.

Mr Goldemberg predicted that if the current rates of expansion in the renewable energy industry are maintained across Europe, as much as 50 per cent of the continent's power needs could come from sources such as wind energy and solar power.

"The present western lifestyle requires the energy equivalent of three tonnes of petroleum per year," he added, explaining that this amount needs to be reduced.

Mr Goldemberg came to prominence in the 1970s as one of the leading voices for the production of ethanol in his home country. 

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