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the Global Apollo Programme

the Global Apollo Programme

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Categories: sustainability, art and design, environment

                                     Global Apollo Programme Announced in the UK

The  Global Apollo Programme  to combat climate change by promoting renewable energy technologies was announced in the UK. The ambitious program has the goal of reducing the cost of renewable powered electricity to less than that from coal-fired electrical power plants within 10 years. The GAP initiative was compared to NASA's Apollo program inaugurated by President John F. Kennedy that successfully landed a man on the Moon in 1969. Richard Layard of the London School of Economics said: "The challenge is as big as putting a man on the moon". He was joined by prominent scientists, economists and industrialists at the announcement.

The renewable energy effort was announced at the  Royal Society  where the program's stated goal to keep global temperature increases below the 2C threshold established to avoid major climate change disruptions from CO2 emissions. It is a very ambitious project.

                       CO2 Reduction Graph to Keep Temperature Increases Below 2C (credit: GAP)

A brief video by a major GAP contributor explains the new global initiative:

Three specific goals were set by GAP to meet their ambitious goal:

1. Renewables: the GAP calls for greatly expanding R&D into assisting the continued steep decline in the cost of producing solar and wind energy generation to below those associated with coal-fired electricity power generation;

2. Energy Storage: the GAP identified research into advanced batteries, hydrogen fuel, and other storage technologies as a key goal for improving renewable energy usage;

3. Smart Grids: the GAP identified poor integration of the electrical power grid as an obstacle t

The Apollo program was successful because it incorporated talented scientists and engineers; had the support of politicians, and more importantly the public who got behind the bold initiative. Let's hope a similar response with greet the Global Apollo Programme that was just launched to protect the environment.



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