Wednesday 5 April 2023

WMO: ‘Understanding weather is critical to the energy transition’

WMO: ‘Understanding weather is critical to the energy transition’

Greater investment in integrated weather and climate services is needed to accelerate the energy transition, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said.

In a new report, the UN agency has stressed that this will ensure that energy infrastructure is resilient to climate shocks and extreme weather.

This would provide more tailored information on weather and local climates, helping nations streamline their net zero goals.

Explaining the urgent investment, WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova, said: “In order to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C, energy generation must radically shift from burning fossil fuels to harness renewable sources like wind, solar and hydropower.

“Such renewable sources are modulated by weather and climate patterns, thus indicating that the role of weather water and climate services is compelling for the energy transition.”

The WMO added that currently the energy sector is responsible for 73% of emissions, which means investment must be imminent to both curb the carbon impact of the industry and meet growing demands.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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