100% renewable energy by 2050 – a possibility?

WWF have released a report today entitled ”The energy report, 100% renewable energy by 2050”. WWF has a positive view and argues that the energy mix seen globally today, 80% from fossil fuels and 20% from nuclear and renewables, could be dramatically changed by 2050. Fossils and nuclear power could be phased out. James P Leape, Director General, WWF International says:

”By 2050, we could get all the energy we need from renewable sources. This report shows that such a transition is not only possible but also cost-effective, providing energy that is affordable for all and producing it in ways that can be sustained by the global economy and the planet. The transition will present significant challenges, but I hope this report will inspire governments and business to come to grips with those challenges and, at the same time, to move boldly to bring the renewable economy to reality. There is nothing more important to our ability to create a sustainable future.”

Of course you can argue about some of the data and some of the conclusions drawn in the report, but I definitely agree with james P Leape that the report can inspire us all. As you know if you have followed my blog over the years, fighting climate change is a high priority for both Pfizer as a company and for me personally. I often come back to the quote by Nat Ricciardi, our former president of our global manufacturing operations:

””Climate change is the world’s greatest global environmental challenge and has the potential to adversely impact the health of millions of people”

It is our opinion that climate change has human health impacts including:
- Illness from more heat waves
- Unsanitary conditions due to increased coastal flooding
- Vector-borne diseases with longer transmission seasons
- Change in geographical distribution of diseases

With that in mind, it is not surprising that a company like Pfizer with a motto saying ”working together for a healthier world” has a clear strategy on energy and climate change. I have shown several times in my blog posts over the years Pfizer’s greenhouse gas emission objectives:

Pfizer Climate Change Objectives

Pfizer Climate Change Objectives

Our first goal was set back in 2002: ”Reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 35%, indexed by sales, between 2000 and 2007″. We met that goal, and actually reached 43% reduction, which corresponds to approximately 20% in absolute numbers. Our new objective is to take an addition 30% in absolite cuts until 2012.

I am proud of our track record, and I believe that our progress is a clear sign that industry has already started the green journey towards a ”renewable energy society”.


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