EU spoils Blair's energy saving party
Renewables, renewables, renewables
Government plans to derive 20 per cent of the UK's electricity from renewable sources have been rather spoiled by news from the European Union that in fact 20 per cent of all energy should be green, not just the electricity.
According to the BBC, this means the UK is only committed to a quarter of the European goal, so far. It says that a forthcoming whitepaper is intended to "cover the gaps", with a fuller policy likely to be published in the autumn.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the debate over how much of the overall target each country should be responsible for is still raging.
The European Commission has also published a map showing the varying solar voltaic energy potential of Europe. The map is interactive, and can be used to calculate very specifically how much energy the sun can provide in a given area. The calculations are based on "knowledge of the sun's energy, geographic distribution, the different terrain across Europe, and detailed technological analysis of the available photovoltaic technologies," according to the commission.
Unsurprisingly, southern Europe, basking in the sun as it is, has rather more potential than we poor souls in the north for harnessing those solar photons and bending them to energy generating purposes. For instance, Malta has roughly twice the potential of Scotland.
This will surely form part of the debate on who should be responsible for which bits of energy saving. You can have a look at the map here. ®
Addendum to Frank Bellavance
But first, we have to filter out the aromatic pollutants !!
Peter W: it's not a temperature map...
Trevor Watt: if it were a map of the bloody obvious then it would simply show a smooth transition of colour with latitude. Anyone who actually looked at the map before commenting would see that, although there is a general trend of increased solar radiation to the south, there are many local anomalies.
I hope that helps you with your job application, or puts you off applying for a position where work might actually be involved...
reply to Trevor's "You Don't Say"
Hi, Yes, I actually work at the EU where colleagues produced the solar map, and strangely enough we ARE recruiting! (for the first time in a while)
The online web application form is at http://europa.eu/epso/ , the applications opened on March 28th and will remain open for the next twenty or so days.
the EU agent job link is found on this page http://europa.eu/epso/cast27/index_en.htm