You can’t escape the media’s preoccupation with energy at the moment, if it’s not new trans-continental pipelines, it’s wind farms, solar, Carbon Capture Storage and our ‘old friends’ coal and nuclear. On a daily basis we’re presented with a full gamut of energy solutions that will power our ever busy lives.
Energy is even dominating media coverage of the World Cup – from the hot air blasted out by the eardrum splitting and nausea-inducing Vuvuzela to the huge power surges during the half-time of England matches. The Bangladeshi government has even allegedly asked factories to stop production during the evenings to save electricity so that their football-mad countrymen can tune into the World Cup.
Renewables are also playing a part in this World Cup. Some Ghanaians are using solar energy to power their World Cup coverage and a new wind farm has been launched to provide energy for the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth. More is expected of London in 2012. A key indicator of whether we are able to move to a low-carbon future is our capacity to produce renewable energy for major sporting events as well as for industry and private households.
So as I write this with the next England match only hours away when millions of televisions and radios will be switched on and fridges rammed with six-packs of beer, I’d be interested to know how much energy is used directly or indirectly as a result of the World Cup. Do these figures exist?