Pope Says Vatican Will Be Eighth Nation to Run on Clean Energy

The Pope has revealed that the Vatican is slated to become the eighth nation in the world to eliminate fossil fuels from its energy mix and fully power itself with renewable energy. In an apostolic letter where Pope Francis announced the construction of a new solar plant in the Vatican, he noted that the human race now has the technological know-how to deal with the increasingly dire issue of climate change.

More than a century of burning fossil fuels has left the atmosphere damaged, causing the planet to heat up faster than it should and resulting in a growing number of extreme weather events. Dozens of countries are now set on limiting their reliance on fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas, in favor of cleaner alternatives to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions and arrest climate change.

The Vatican will join an exclusive club of nations that have adopted green energy to such a significant degree that they draw 100% of their electricity from renewables; less than 10 countries have achieved this monumental feat. Titled Fratello Sole (Brother Sun), the Pope’s letter said that the new solar plant would be constructed on a 424-hectare piece of land located outside of Rome but owned by the Vatican.

This solar plant would significantly increase the Vatican’s green-energy capacity and take the city-state a step closer to achieving its sustainability goals. According to Pope Francis, the Vatican has to transition toward a “sustainable development model” that limits CO2 emissions with the ultimate objective of achieving carbon neutrality. Solar will play a critical role as the world grapples with the green-energy transition and the ethical, political, social and economic consequences associated with it.

Once the new solar-energy plant is complete, the Vatican will be completely energy independent and capable of meeting all its energy needs via solar power. This will make Vatican City the eighth country after Bhutan, Albania, Nepal, Congo, Iceland, Ethiopia and Paraguay to generate more than 97% of its energy from renewables. While the city-state can credit its small size for helping it achieve 100% clean energy, it is an impressive achievement nonetheless, and puts Vatican City at the helm of green-energy adoption.

Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson compiled the data on the top seven countries in terms of green-energy penetration in early 2024. He said that rather than relying on miracle technologies, the world needs to eliminate its greenhouse-gas emissions by “electrifying everything” and accessing power via large and small hydroelectricity, geothermal electricity, concentrated solar power, solar photovoltaics and onshore wind.

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