Study reveals significant health benefits of renewable energy
August 21, 2017
Since 2007, solar and wind power have prevented the premature deaths of up to 12,700 people in the US, according to a study into the health benefits of renewables published in Nature Energy.
Solar and wind power provide air quality and climate benefits by reducing the need to generate electricity through fossil fuels.
The rapid expansion of these clean technologies has led to steep cuts in harmful air pollutants and carbon emissions.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) fell by 20 per cent; sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 72 per cent; nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 50 per cent; and harmful particulate matter (PM2) dropped by 46 per cent.
Wind and solar capacity in the US grew from 10 GW in 2007 to 100 GW in 2015, resulting in health savings of USD $29.7 – $112 billion, mostly from 3000 to 12,000 avoided premature deaths and cumulative climate benefits of USD $5.3 – $106 billion.
The study, The climate and air-quality benefits of wind and solar power in the United States, can be accessed here.