“The Earth is awash in energy.” — Steve Forbes
“Although the growth in the use of renewable energy sources has been spectacular, it will take decades before renewables will be able to provide a sizeable contribution to meeting energy demand. In the meantime, the world should focus on increasing efficiency across the entire energy value chain. Improving performance of power plants around the world can make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions and other pollutants. A one percentage point improvement in the efficiency of a conventional pulverised coal combustion plant results in a 2-3% reduction in CO2 emissions. Highly efficient modern coal plants emit almost 40% less CO2 than the average coal plant in service at the present time.” — World Energy Council
“Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to a country’s economic development. Access to modern energy is essential for the provision of clean water, sanitation and healthcare and for the provision of reliable and efficient lighting, heating, cooking, mechanical power, transport and telecommunications services. It is an alarming fact that today billions of people lack access to the most basic energy services: as World Energy Outlook 2012 shows 1.3 billion people are without access to electricity and 2.6 billion people rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking, which causes harmful indoor air pollution. These people are mainly in either developing Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, and in rural areas.” — International Energy Agency
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