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Renewable energy vs sustainable energy: Find out how they are different

This post was written by @enestado.crudo, a communications medium focussing on current issues in defence of a more responsible future.

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As the world becomes increasingly dependent on energy in everyday life, it is crucial to look to renewable energy sources to move into the future. As a result of innovation and technological progress, environmentally friendly energies are becoming more affordable and have enormous potential to combat climate change.

But is renewable energy the same as sustainable energy? We will explain what each consists of and the difference between them. We will also see why these types of energies need to be adopted on a much larger scale to protect our planet's finite resources and ensure a sustainable standard of living for current and future generations.

 

Renewable energy and sustainable energy: Are they the same?

Renewable and sustainable energies are similar concepts that involve the generation of energy from clean or non-polluting sources. Although many of us use these terms interchangeably to refer to a more responsible energy model with regard to the planet, it is true that there are a number of subtle differences between them.

Specifically, renewable energy is that which is obtained from a number of non-finite natural sources such as the sun, wind and tidal forces. This category also includes fuels produced from organic matter, such as biogas.

Renewable energies are usually sustainable, but there are some cases where renewable energy is not sustainable:

  • Biomass: This energy is produced by burning organic matter, which emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
  • Hydroelectric power: Its production requires the construction of plants in areas where there is running water and this can have an impact on the ecosystem in the area.

Finally, sustainable energy refers to the responsible and efficient use of resources so its production does not damage the well-being of future generations.

That is why it is essential to ensure that the energy we consume is renewable and, at the same time, sustainable. This will enable us to consume clean, environmentally friendly energy which in turn will help reduce carbon emissions, decrease pollution, contribute to economic development, improve public health and in general, enable society to enjoy a better lifestyle. With all the advantages provided by this type of energy, what are you waiting for to commit to it in your home?

 

Advantages of renewable and sustainable energies

The following are the most significant advantages of this type of clean energy compared to the conventional energies that have dominated the energy market in recent years:

1. They do not generate greenhouse emissions or contribute to climate change

They do not harm the planet or the environment, since their impact is much lower. Some of these ways of generating electricity do not generate waste and are cheaper to maintain compared to the maintenance required for fossil fuels.

2. They do not run out

This type of energy is infinite, as it is produced from natural sources like the sun, the wind and water. This is the main difference compared to energy sources that involve using fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas whose reserves are finite.

3. They are cleaner

These sources are a cleaner alternative for future generations as they drastically reduce climate change and do not damage the natural habitat. Although there are installations that require initial investment, they are much cheaper to maintain and less aggressive with the environment compared to other traditional systems.

4. They are safer and more secure

They contribute to reducing energy dependence through a model based on self-sufficiency and self-consumption in each household.

How do you know if the energy you consume is renewable?

To make the future sustainable it is important to know whether the energy you consume is renewable. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can easily find this out. For example, through your energy retailer. There will be an option to switch to a sustainable plan based on renewable energy, or if you already have a plan with them and would like to know the origin of your energy, you should contact them to ask for information with regard to this.

There are also organisations that analyse the clean power plans available in some countries and publish reports on them. In Spain, the Spanish Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) is responsible for certifying the true renewable nature of the kWh of energy sold within the country. This will help you choose the best option to become a responsible eco-friendly user.

If you are thinking of switching to clean energy and looking for a company that satisfies all your concerns. Here is an idea that we are sure will interest you.

 

Única: Endesa's sustainable and renewable energy

If you would like the energy you consume to be renewable, sustainable and green, we invite you to get to know Endesa Única. Depending on your profile and your energy consumption requirements, a totally customised quota is calculated.

With Endesa Única you have the guarantee that the energy you receive is 100% renewable and sustainable (100% renewable energy for electricity and CO2 emission-neutral natural gas) and also with the peace of mind that every month you pay the same quota, even if your consumption increases and there are no time bands. Your conscience can be clean with regard to ecology.

Although it may be hard to change your energy consumption habits, it really is possible. Every individual person has the power to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the fight against climate change simply by using clean, renewable energy in their home. That is why, here at En Estado Crudo we encourage you to explore the most sustainable energy options and do what you can to reduce domestic emissions.

Are you already using sustainable energy? Have you thought about the responsible consumption habits you could adopt in your daily routine to reduce your environmental impact? We will read what you say.

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