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Investors need to wake up to climate change

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BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, warns the US economy is at risk of severe consequences because of climate change and urges investors to wake up. Rising sea levels, increased and more violent hurricanes, wildfires and droughts are all threats that should be factored into investment decisions, it says. Its report examines four scenarios based on different levels of climate action, showing that an immediate and decisive move away from fossil fuels to reduce stop emissions and climate change spiralling out of control will also reduce investment risk. 

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Renewables and electrification to deliver climate goals

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Scaling-up renewable energy combined with electrification can deliver more than 75% of the energy-related emission reductions needed to meet global climate goals, says the International Renewable Energy Agency. An accelerated energy transition based on this approach would also save the global economy up to $160 trillion cumulatively over the next 30 years in avoided health costs, energy subsidies and climate damages. Every dollar spent on energy transition would pay off up to seven times, says the report, with the global economy growing by 2.5% in 2050.

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Lower gas volumes in all scenarios

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The second Gas for Climate study published by Navigant for a group of seven European gas transport companies and two renewable gas industry associations looks at the role of gas in a decarbonised EU energy system. It compares a “minimal gas” scenario with an “optimised gas” scenario. Both arrive at a net-zero emissions system by 2050 via a large scale-up of wind and solar, and blue hydrogen being replaced by renewable green hydrogen towards 2050/2060. In both scenarios, gas volumes used in networks are lower in 2050 than in 2019.

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We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

Latest articles

Don’t throw money for heat decarbonisation out of the window

A combination of low-carbon heating technologies and energy efficiency improvements is the obvious answer to decarbonise heating, says Jan Rosenow, Director of European programmes with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

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Parisian radiators with brains

Not one of the hyper-scale data centres, where thousands of servers are hosted in the same place, in the US use waste heat in a significant way

Tepid support for reusing waste heat from data centres

Using waste heat from large data centres to heat homes and offices may seem like a no-brainer, but making a business case for getting heat from out-of-town data centres to urban areas at a correct temperature is complicated and costly

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Direct tariffs should be promoted and financed by large-scale donors to accelerate the adoption of renewables in developing countries, argue experts from Dahlberg, a global advisory firm. This would encourage the release of extra capital by guaranteeing a market and an energy price for clean energy sources

Financing the energy transition in Tanzania

Direct tariffs should be promoted and financed by large-scale donors to accelerate the adoption of renewables in developing countries, argue experts from Dalberg, a global advisory firm. This would encourage the release of extra capital by guaranteeing a market and an energy price for clean energy sources

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Geothermal heating is gaining a foothold, but accounts for only a small share of the renewable heat sources used globally. The benefits are plenty. Long-term, it is cost-effective, stable and clean, but initial costs are high

The heat source beneath our feet

Geothermal heating has plenty of potential as a long-term solution to decarbonise heating and cooling systems

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The influence of younger generations on the boards of well known brands such as packaging company Tetra Pak is ensuring that climate action and the energy transition are at the heart of business strategies, says Jo Sullivan, founder and CEO of Conscience Consulting, a Brussels-based boutique sustainability communication agency

Sustainability trailblazers

The influence of younger generations on the boards of well known brands such as packaging company Tetra Pak is ensuring that climate action and the energy transition are at the heart of business strategies, says Jo Sullivan, founder and CEO of Conscience Consulting, a Brussels-based boutique sustainability communication agency

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Technology choices and policies are available to create a zero-carbon energy system in Europe by 2050, keep the economy competitive and secure a favourable deal for citizens, concludes a podcast by EU scream produced in conjunction with FORESIGHT Climate & Energy.

Path to a decarbonised future

Technology choices and policies are available to create a zero-carbon energy system in Europe by 2050, keep the economy competitive and secure a favourable deal for citizens, concludes a podcast by EU scream produced in conjunction with FORESIGHT Climate & Energy.

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Researchers in Germany are looking at further developing molten salt technology as a means to store heat and produce electricity

Molten salt heat storage

Researchers in Germany are looking at further developing molten salt technology as a means to store heat and produce electricity

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Technology

Methane sequestered and waste heat put to work

Germany is testing whether a nitrate salt thermal storage system could aid the provision of process steam for industry while earning subsidies for capturing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and combusting it for energy supply

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