Reclaim Power – a global month of action for a transformation of the energy system
The number of catastrophes which are a result of climate change have been on a rise year after year, and are now affecting millions round the world. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has stated in its latest report that by the year 2030, climate change might lead into extreme poverty an additional 122 million of people, mostly in South-East Asia and Africa, where the small farmers will be most affected by the drastic decline in production.
The fight against the worst consequences of climate change demands solutions to core cause of this problem, including energy systems of the states which are heavily relying on fossil fuels, causing pollution, climate change and global inequality. At the moment, even though the amount of electricity produce in the world is on the rise, 1,3 billion people still don’t have access to electricity. The energy system that we have set up today, suits only the rich and is based on dirty and harmful sources like coal, oil, gas, hydropower plants, waste incineration and nuclear energy.
What we need is a core change of the energy system. A change which will put the interests of people and the planet before the profit of the rich.
Reclaim Power is a call to action which takes place each year in October. Even though this month is dedicated to several topics, this year the call was dedicated to the link between money and energy. Harmful energy projects all around the world are made possible due to the constant financing, so if we want clean energy we need to redirect this money towards the right direction. A global movement for divestment from dirty and harmful projects has up to today redirected over $3,4 trillion, but large sums of money are still being invested in fossil fuels, despite the promises of organisations like G7 to halt these investments. In their 2015. report, International Monetary Fund states that in that year alone, fossil fuels received a $5,3 trillion of subsidies.
As far as such a support for the use of fossil fuels is present, we will not be able to complete the energy transition needed to prevent the worst consequences of climate change and save a planet compatible with human existence on it.
Center for Environment joined the call for action and held a promotion of the energy model which was created through the South East Europe Sustainable Energy (SEESEP) project. This project was funded by the European Union and is being conducted by 17 organisations from the region and EU, with the support of the Deparment of Energy and Climate Change of the United Kingdom and experts from the University of Berkeley.
The presentation of the energy model was held in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Banja Luka on the 27th October, and was primarily aimed at the students but also to all interested parties, especially the representatives of relevant institution. The technical background of the model, and the information acquired during the projects 500 meetings and consultations were presented by Tanja Jokić and Irma Filipović from the partner organisation Centar za zastupanje građanskih interesa, from Sarajevo.
“This is one of the most complex models for our region, and its importance is multiple. While we were working on the model, we acquired a large amount of information which were never before possible to find on one place, so in doing this, we greatly improved access to information related to the energy systems of BiH and our region. Modeling was done for Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Another reason why we consider this model so important is because it’s so easy to use. The model is in its basis one big chart which can be used by students and their professors. However, we have developed a simplified version which has an appearance of a video game, and is available to all persons who have internet access. Thanks to this, all those who are interested can try out the model and see what it takes to have an energy system which will not harm the environment and the people, but will at the same time be stable. Finally, the message of the whole project is that we have developed a Road Map through our project, where we can see that a future based on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources is not only technically feasible but also financially lucrative, since it turns out that the price of such a system is lower than that of the energy system being currently supported by the BiH institutions, which will cost us dearly, in every sense of the word”, Igor Kalaba, Energy and Climate Change Program Coordinator.
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