Solar energy is essential to avoid CO2 emissions


Solar energy is a renewable energy source which is obtained from electromagnetic radiation generated by the sun’s rays. The Sun is one of the main natural sources of almost inexhaustible energy used for the production of renewable electricity.

Solar energy is considered leading solution to accelerate the energy transition and achieve the long-awaited goal of global decarbonization. The use of solar energy, energy of the future but also of the present, supposes great benefits for the world in its fight against climate emergency.

There Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) joined the requirements of the earth day prepare a ranking of the Autonomous Communities (CC. AA.) that have avoided the most tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2022 thanks to the implementation of photovoltaic solar energy in their territories.

José Donoso, Director General of UNEF, commented the following:

For 10 years, we have been committed to providing a clean and economically sustainable solution to reverse Spain’s energy dependence on fossil fuels. Currently, 80% of what we emit into the atmosphere comes from the production of electricity with non-renewable generation sources. Jose Donoso

And adds:

To stop the advance of climate change, the main threat to biodiversity, we must make an energy transition towards a 0 emission model, where we must use all the resources we have in our hands: energy communities, self-consumption and plants on lands of different sizes.Jose Donoso


Ranking of the Autonomous Communities that avoided the most tons of CO2 in 2022 thanks to solar energy

Every March 25, the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), the majority solar energy association in Spain with more than 770 companies, claims the driving role of solar energy in the fight against the climate emergency. This is possible thanks to its enormous capacity to replace fossil fuels with a renewable, national source of production and at a very competitive price. Moreover, it is a very important element to reduce the carbon footprint.

Next we show you a table, prepared by UNEF, which shows the Autonomous Communities (CC.AA.) that have avoided the most tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2022 thanks to the implementation of the photovoltaic solar energy in their territories:

Autonomous Community Tons of CO2 avoided
Extremadura 2,572,085
Castilla La Mancha 2,206,988
Andalusia 2,162,322
Aragon 1,054,738
Murcia 778,435
Castile and Leon 731,355
Valencian Community 208,900
Catalonia 153,367
the Canary Islands 116,038
Navarra 109,322
Balearics 99 107
La Rioja 54,326
Madrid 29,523
Pays Basque 23,233
Galicia 8,181
Cantabria 1,639
Asturias 216

What do we mean by energy transition?

The energy transition is the transition from the current energy model to a model based on renewable energies. This is a necessary change in the global energy system to move towards a sustainable model that guarantees the health of the planet.

Renewable energies are obtained from practically inexhaustible natural sources, using the resources available in nature. Consumers must become aware of the sustainability of our planet, adopting an intelligent and responsible consumption of energy.


What is air pollution and how does it affect us humans?

Air pollution, also known as air pollution, consists of the presence of toxic substances in the air that alter its quality, seriously affecting the environment and all living beings that inhabit it. It affects nearly 100% of the world’s population. One new person in ten in the world breathes polluted air, responsible for a very high number of premature deaths on our planet each year.

Air pollution not only affects where it is generated, but also affects all territories on Earth. Humans are the main causes of air pollution, which is linked to fossil fuels. By burning fossil fuels to produce energy, we emit toxic gases into the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and ozone (O3).

It is known as the “invisible killer” because it directly attacks our brain, heart and lungs without us even realizing it. Its toxic particles, almost the size of a molecule, inflame our lungs, overcoming the protective barriers they contain in our bodies, causing millions of premature deaths worldwide every year.

Sources: Editorial Ambientum, EnergyNews, UNEF

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