Addressing a looming energy crisis

Oil will be in short supply by 2030. How will we replace this energy source? Wind power, biomass, solar power, hydro power, wave power must be pursued rigorously.

At some point between today and 2030 oil extraction will have peaked and oil fuel for transportation will have become increasingly uneconomic. It is predicted that the world’s energy needs are going to double over the next twenty-five years. The fight against climate change dictates that we must save energy by using it in the most efficient way, and prioritise the exploration of alternative energy sources.

Current energy supplies must be conserved aggressively, and here the plastics industry is already playing a vital role. Plastics are used as insulation materials and so improve impressively the overall energy efficiency of housings. Their lightweight properties reduce fuel consumption in vehicles, planes and cargo transportation. Plastics are also used to harness energy from renewable sources. non-corroding plastics play a major part in the construction of turbines for use in offshore wind farms. Solar panels made mostly of plastic harness solar energy, and geothermal piping made from plastics is used to harvest the earth’s natural heat. Scientists are currently developing a polymer electrolyte fuel cell that would produce virtually no emission of greenhouse gases.

For more information on this subject visit http://www.plasticseurope.org/use-of-plastics/innovation/the-world-in-2030.aspx
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