The Energy Transition – Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency
The world stands on the threshold of a unique and historic shift. In the coming decades we need to reorientate society to be radically more energy efficient than it is today. At the same time the world’s supply of renewable energy needs to increase since only this, in combination with energy efficiency, can secure the energy supply. The emerging energy system must, moreover, include initiatives and measures that enable the continued progress of developing countries, while we at the same time manage to meet the climate challenge. This can be achieved by innovations which adapt societies to climate changes, improve living conditions and do not give rise to harmful emission levels.
Opportunities also arise when the current dependence on fossil fuels and the present energy system, centered on large power stations, are challenged more and more by a decentralized system in which the consumer can also be a producer.
In order to highlight what is necessary and possible, the jury has identified two key areas: solar energy and energy efficiency. We need new innovations and systems in order to release the potential existing within both of these areas. The jury has therefore decided to let the theme for the Gothenburg Award for sustainable development 2015 be: ”The energy transition – solar energy and energy efficiency”.