Electrification will reduce the level of energy demand across all sectors
DEMAND REDUCTION Final energy demand could be reduced up to 40% by switching to renewable energy sources like wind, solar photovoltaics and hydro-electric power where feasible
PERPETUATING CIRCUMSTANCES Energy efficiency programmes continue to be focused on increasing the energy efficiency of fossil fuel-based processes, delaying the phase-out of polluting forms of energy
KEY QUOTE Not only is energy efficiency helpful for the [energy] transition, but the transition is also helpful for energy efficiency ...
Without a European grid up to the task of not only meeting more demand for electricity, but also assimilating it from distributed renewables, green electrification of heating and transport is stymied from the start. Decarbonisation requires new infrastructure, yet the public is having none of it.
The US state of California is setting an example for others to follow on energy saving policies, explains Andrew McAllister, lead commissioner for energy efficiency at the California Energy Commission
Placing wind and solar photovoltaic facilities on the same site may sound attractive in theory, but the reality is more complicated and many experts suggest this will only make sense in a limited number of cases
The IPCC highlights behavioural change as key to the energy transition, yet economics and modelling still tend to lead policy making rather than inputs from social sciences. Dealing with energy in conjunction with other policies such as health, education and employment could help to change this
Transforming energy systems will not be enough to decarbonise our economies, argue Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and Partner at Systemiq, and colleague Julia Okatz. They call for the energy transition to be part of a wider shift to reduce the production of goods and consumption of all natural resources
This week, Jan, Michaela and David are joined by Jorge Vasconcelos, chair of New Energy Solutions (NEWES) and part of the Florence School of Regulation. Jorge tells us how electricity market design is essential in getting clean energy to where it is needed
The bigger the pool of energy demand, the less the ripples in supply from renewable energy are felt. Special report part 2/3
It is the affordability of renewables that makes direct and indirect electrification of heating, transportation and some industrial processes possible. Ridding the world of carbon pollution is no longer a pipedream, but a job to get done