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Sustainable energy

Sustainable energy is the provision of energy such that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Its definition includes all renewable sources, such as biofuels, solar power, wind power, wave power, geothermal power and tidal power

A broader interpretation may allow inclusion of fossil fuels as transitional sources while technology develops. Conventional fission power is sometimes referred to as sustainable, but this is controversial politically and Islamic finance shariah-scholars have yet to express an opinion on this particular point. It usually also includes technologies that improve energy efficiency

There is now a rising awareness among Islamic governments, investors and industry leaders of the necessity to address the issue of sustainable energy and to curb carbon emissions as a transitory measure. There is also a clear overlapping between these issues and the goals advocates by the Kyoto Protocol and Islamic finance


Piero della Francesca, ‘La città ideale’, Italy XVI century