Benefits of Renewable Energy / why use it
- Renewable energy resources will never become exhausted. Unlike finite fossil fuels, renewable energy resources are continuously replenished and will not run out.
- Renewable energy resources are clean sources of energy. They can be harnessed without damaging the environment, unlike using fossil fuels which release carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and other harmful pollutants into the atmosphere.
- Increasing the use of renewable energy is therefore a key strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting Kyoto commitments.
Renewable energy resources are indigenous resources. In countries, heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels, tapping into the renewable energy resources could reduce this reliance on imports. By increasing the use of renewable resources, we can achieve a more secure and stable energy supply for the long term.
- Renewable energy is a supply-side solution for a sustainable energy economy.
- Renewable energy measures promote sustainability by increasing the supply of energy from sustainable sources.
- Energy efficiency measures promote sustainability by reducing demand for and consumption of energy.
- The increased use of renewable energy resources in the NPA areas will contribute to renewable energy targets; climate change mitigation; waste policies; rural development by providing new markets and employment development opportunities for farming and forestry sectors as well as community enterprise.