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Global industrialization and population explosion in recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in the energy demands to run these industries and power and light the houses that people live and work in. With this rise in energy demands has come a proportionate rise in the emission of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide and other waste products. This has led to global warming which has gone on to affect people the world over through floods, tsunamis, droughts and famines and other adverse consequences (Great Britain, 2005).
So as to manage this crisis, government policies and incentives have been introduced over the years with the aim of reduce the reliance on fossil fuel such as coil, oil and gas by encouraging the uptake of alternative energy as such as wind, tidal, solar energy etc.
Past and present Key Drivers
2.2 Government Policies
Numerous government policies have been developed over the years to assist countries set their targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and reduce the carbon footprint as much as possible.
Governments around the world have come to terms with the high levels of greenhouse gases being produced and the need for them to be reduced significantly. This resulted in the signing of the Kyoto Protocol by 37 countries, the aim being, to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as each country set targets which had be met within a certain time scale.
The aims of the Kyoto Protocol are as follows;
The EU requires an inside electricity marketing with competition, integration and fluid in the provision of a concrete foundation for energy and gas flow of necessity (Umbach, 2010, p.1230). In ta...
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... the first market of its kind in the world.
The Single Electricity Market provides for a competitive, sustainable and reliable wholesale market in electricity aimed to deliver long-term economic and social benefits that are mutually advantageous to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The market encompasses approximately 2.5 million electricity consumers, 1.8 million in the Republic of Ireland and 0.7 million in Northern Ireland.
Department of Energy & Climate Change. (2014). Energy Consumption in the UK. Chapter 1: Overall energy consumption in the UK. 1 (1), 7,10.
John Campbell. (1st April 2014). Wind energy storage plan for Kilroot power station. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26833713. Last accessed 01/11/2014.
Carbon Trust. 2013. Conversion Factors Energy and Carbon Conversions. [report] N/A: Carbon Trust, p. 4
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