3-Energy (Segment)

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3-Energy (Segment)
This video is part of the series Demain / Tomorrow

Energy has been a fundamental component of our lives since we mastered fire in prehistoric times; but as the climate change crisis precipitated by carbon pollution demonstrates, energy use must be handled with care. This segment shows viewers how visionaries around the world are taking steps to escape sorcerer's-apprentice blunders resulting from the misuse of certain forms of energy. 

The program shows us innovations that can be applied widely: buildings with roofs covered with solar panels, rows of wind turbines, and the re-use of waste to produce soil-enriching compost (in San Francisco) or to produce electricity (in Copenhagen). The activists also show us cities, even countries that are taking steps anticipating the end of our reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. 

Renewable forms of energy (especially geothermal energy) are enabling Iceland to take giant steps toward energy autonomy. In South India, the model village of Kuthambakkam, built with environmentally-friendly local materials, is almost self-sufficient in renewable energy. 

But the fact remains that the transition to more sustainable energy sources can be expensive. Cost-effectiveness must be an important criterion if we hope to profit by climate-change technology solutions. Fortunately, we are seeing examples of reproducible cost-effectiveness around the globe: for example, public buildings in Copenhagen have already reduced energy consumption by 45%. The city benefits from a model urban-planning design: residents live within 300 metres of green spaces, and 50% of them use bicycles as their main form of transportation. The goal is to eliminate CO2 by 2025. The people of Copenhagen are the largest consumers of organic food in the world, with a waste treatment system rated as one of the most efficient anywhere. 

Source: Wikipedia – Tomorrow (movie, 2015) 

Speakers: Thierry Salomon, Energy Engineer, Robert Reed, Spokesperson of the Recology Cooperative and Jan Gehl, Architect and urban planner

Documentary - 25 min 19 sec

France - Bruno Levy - 2015