February 03, 2011 07:00 ET

WWF's Brave New World: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

100% Renewable Energy is Achievable by 2050

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 2011) - WWF's new study, The Energy Report, outlines how all the world's energy can be provided cleanly, renewably and economically by 2050. This will vastly reduce anxieties over energy security, pollution and catastrophic climate change.

The two-part report is presented by energy consultancy Ecofys, with an analysis by WWF. It outlines that the keys to achieving this goal are: energy efficiency in buildings, vehicles and industry and an increase in using electric power that is renewably generated and supplied through smart grids.

Achieving this goal in Canada requires investment in conservation and efficiency; transition to renewable, sustainable energy; and reform for transportation and urban design. Canada is well placed to adopt these changes with its abundant renewable energy potential and being one of the most urbanized countries in the world.


  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by 70 per cent by 2040
  • By 2050, we will save nearly $5.5 trillion per year through energy efficiency and reduced fuel costs
  • If 0.3 per cent of the Sahara desert was a concentrated solar plant, it would power all of Europe
  • By 2050, more than a third of building heat could come from geothermal sources

Quote: "The Energy Report shows that 100 per cent sustainable, renewable energy is possible and economical by 2050 if we start the transition today. To protect the future of our planet, these are the steps we need to take." Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF.

To view the full report, please visit www.wwf.ca/energyreport.

About WWF-Canada

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is one of the world's largest independent conservation organizations, active in more than 100 countries. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature to thrive. In Canada, we work collaboratively with governments, businesses and the public to help fight climate change; conserve our oceans and freshwater resources; and educate and mobilize people to build a conservation culture.

About Ecofys

Established in 1984 with the mission of achieving a sustainable energy supply for everyone, Ecofys has become a leader in energy saving, sustainable energy solutions and climate policies. The unique synergy between fields of competence is the key to this success. Ecofys create smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with all clients. www.ecofys.com.

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