Australia’s emissions are cut down by renewable energy more than the coronavirus pandemic

Analysis has shown that the use of solar and wind energy has cut down the emissions of greenhouse gases more than the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia. This is a result of a 26% increment in renewable power generation in the last twelve months. 

An analysis conducted by Saddler Hugh, an energy consultant and honorary professor from an Australian National University, showed that there is continued growth in the generation of renewables. This trend is expended to continue with the installation of more wind turbines and solar panels. A great decrease of 14 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide was experienced in the last 12 months, equivalent to a 4.6% drop.  This is because of the reduction of emissions from gas, electricity generation, and transport. Saddler Hugh, an energy consultant, said in an analysis. 

The analysis information was gathered from the Australia Institute progressive thinktank, national market power generation, and petroleum fuels and gas consumption. The national electricity market includes Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory. All these supplies power to over 9 million clients. 

Although a decrease in the number of plane flights led to a reduction in aviation fuel usage, the coronavirus pandemic has not given paramount change in electricity usage. However, renewables are the ones contributing to a larger share. The use of renewables has contributed to low fossil fuel usage. Also, power from the burn of black coal recorded a decrease of up to 40.5% in the national market.  The demand for the use of renewable energy is on the rise. For instance, on October 10, renewable generations such as rooftop solar recorded an optimal share of 53.6% of the total power demand. 

Renewables better months were August and September since the winds sprang and the sun getting much hotter. According to Saddler’s analysis, power generation share from renewables will expand in November and October. 

Speaking to Guardian Australia, the Australia Institute’s climate and energy program director, Merzian Richie, said that renewables are becoming more popular and cheaper in Australia compared to fossil fuel, and this is expected to continue. He added that this is just a beginning, saying that everything needs to be turned to renewables for Australia to reach net-zero. Richie added that greenhouse gas emissions are relatively lowered by the use of renewable energy more than the technology roadmaps or pandemics.