The supply of electricity from clean energy sources must double within the next eight years to limit global temperature increase. Otherwise, there is a risk that climate change, more extreme weather and water stress will undermine our energy security and even jeopardize renewable energy supplies.
Access to reliable weather, water and climate information and services will be increasingly important to strengthen the resilience of energy infrastructure and meet rising demand (an increase of 30% in the past ten years).
The 2022 State of Climate Services: Energy report has plenty of good news. It highlights the huge opportunities for green-powered grids to help tackle climate change, improve air quality, conserve water resources, protect the environment, create jobs and safeguard a better future for us all.
The report includes practical case studies:
- Early weather warnings are safeguarding energy supply in Beijing, China
- Climate stress tests are ensuring electricity is suitably distributed in the Italian Dolomites
- Warning systems in Tajikistan are providing advance notice of dry conditions for hydropower operations planning
- Localized wind-resource information is aiding wind industry decision-making
- Solar radiation measurements are supporting the placement of solar panels on noise barriers in Germany
The report, which was launched at a high-level event on 11 October, will be presented at a side event on 15 November 2022 at the UN climate change negotiations, COP27, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.