VI. Renewable Energy Strategy
The demand for energy at a global, national and local level is constantly increasing. There is a challenge to not only meet and manage this growing demand, but to do so in a secure, sustainable and efficient manner. It is widely acknowledged that, due to global warming and resource depletion, this cannot be achieved through the use of conventional fossil fuels alone, such as coal, oil and gas. In light of this, emphasis is being placed on energy conservation, energy efficiency and the development of alternative sources of energy, namely renewable energy.
Renewable energy developments can bring economic, social and environmental benefits, such as job creation, decreased import dependency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are also challenges associated, such as landscape and visual impacts, the availability of supporting infrastructure and competition for land-use. As a result, it is vital that clear policies and objectives are in place for renewable energy developments to ensure that they are suitably located, economical and sustainable.