September 16, 2019
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 In GLIMUN2019: Renewable Energy

Delegate: Owen Bishop

Country: Belgium

Committee: Environmental

Topic: Renewable Energy

 

A variety of UN reports have shown the clear and incredibly impactful negative impacts of climate change. This change is caused largely by human impacts from our over reliance on energy sources that release harmful greenhouse gasses such as fossil fuels. One of the most impactful results of these temperature changes is the rapid rise of sea levels around the globe. Belgium will be one of the most heavily impacted by these rising sea levels as approximately 6% of Belgium will be submerged by the end of the century. It is critical that the member nations of the UN work together to reduce these impacts by decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.

 

To help to slow down the increasing world temperature, it is critical that all nations make efforts to increase the use of renewable energy sources. To reach the goals previously set by the UN, it is critical that member nations consider a variety of sources for renewable power. These sources should include things such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy as well as nuclear energy. If we fail to move toward much higher percentages of energy from renewable sources soon this issue will continue to grow and become more difficult and costly to deal with in the future. Belgium is already moving towards a variety of renewable sources including both on and off shore wind power as well as being the country with the second highest percent use of nuclear power.

 

Many developing countries will have significantly more difficulty implementing increased renewable energy as these countries are already lacking widespread energy. To counteract these inequalities in ability to move towards renewable energies, any resolution passed should include increased pressure on more developed countries to move towards renewable energy as well as providing incentives for increasing renewable energy use. Belgium would favor policies similar to those that the UK has shown preference towards such as encouraging countries to invest in a variety of energy sources. This would not only help to reduce fossil fuel reliance but encouraging multiple types of energy sources would also allow for more flexibility and ability to react to new developments in climate change.

Work Cited:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/be.html

https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/climate-change/index.html

https://energytransition.org/2016/10/renewable-energy-in-belgium/

http://www.res-legal.eu/search-by-country/belgium/summary/c/belgium/s/res-e/sum/108/lpid/107/

http://www.flanderstoday.eu/current-affairs/six-percent-belgium-under-sea-level-end-century

 

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