With the continued effort of countries to explore ways to decarbonize their economies, the ‘green growth’ mantra is posing risk of trapping countries into a spiral of failures. The mantra is an oxymoron thus.
Economic growth requires more material extraction, requiring more energy, in turn. The fundamental problem while replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy is that all renewable technologies are significantly less energy-intensive than fossil fuel methodologies.
This implies much larger area is required to generate the same amount of energy.
Earlier in the year, in 2021, data of the European Union demonstrates generation of renewable electricity exceeded coal and gas. Meanwhile, earlier research puts forth the argument that replacing the complete energy need in the UK with the best mix of solar, hydroelectricity, and wind and would require the complete available landmass of the country. And, for such an initiative in Singapore, it would require 60 times area of one Singapore.
In fact, there is no denial in the need to stop emitting carbon from fossil fuels. But, if the focus is not on reducing energy consumption and energy waste, and instead fixated on replacing fossil fuels, this would simply mean swapping one fight of destruction with another.
Importantly, according to scientific evidence, the climatic problems that we face today related to carbon is rooted in fossilized biology of ancient carbon cycles. This is associated with the Mesozoic era that existed for more than 200 million years and ended 66 million years ago.
While it is required to stop burning fossil fuels, it is also important to understand every technology to replace them, requires huge amount of energy again generated using fossil fuels.