Windmills make sense. How much CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere thanks to wind power?
Wind energy plays a key role in reducing gas emissionsóin the greenhouse. Wind turbines are the most popular substitute for wind poweróof resources such as coal and gas. Now researchers have proven the importance of changing mindsets and moving to clean energy.
Wind energy has prevented 36 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere over six years in the UK aloneóin greenhouse. That's about the same amount that nearly 2.5 million cars burnóat the same time. The average Pole emits 8.3 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. American three times more. Global annual emissions are 35 billionóin a ton.
– Until now, the impact of clean energy from wind farms has been unclear. Our results show that wind power plays a big role in reducing emissions of gasóin greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. If it weren't for wind farms, energy would have been obtained in the traditional wayób, or coal and gas. Wind power has a key role to play in the UK's future energy needs – said Camilla Thomson, who is responsible foróra led the Edinburgh team's research.
Researchers in their study analyzed the amount of energy delivered to the electrical grid by considering the sourceógenerating sources. They claim their study is the most accurate such measurement to date. The study could support proposals to build more wind farms to curb CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.