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Symposium 2008

Energy versus Climate Change

The Challenge

Both economic growth and climate change are powered by an increasing demand for energy, mainly fossil fuels. The puzzle is how to manage energy generation and demand so as to enable economic growth and deal with climate change.

The aim of the session is to explore the potential contributions of various solutions to the energy puzzle: decarbonizing energy supplies, switching to clean renewables, substituting low-carbon energy suppliers like gas for high-carbon energy sources like coal, increasing the share of nuclear energy or capturing and storing carbon. What is the optimal mix of such options? What is the politically feasible mix?

What policy instruments are required to implement this mix? What is the appropriate time frame for these policies in order to avert serious consequences of climate change?

    Solutions

    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Improve efficiency in energy consumption through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, including improvements in residential homes and manufacturing process.

    Improve efficiency in energy consumption through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, including improvements in residential homes and manufacturing process.

    Improve efficiency in energy consumption through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, including improvements in residential homes and manufacturing process.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Provide flexible, on-going support for research and development on environmentally supportive energy use, through subsidies and bonuses for technology development and deployment.

    Provide flexible, on-going support for research and development on environmentally supportive energy use, through subsidies and bonuses for technology development and deployment.

    Provide flexible, on-going support for research and development on environmentally supportive energy use, through subsidies and bonuses for technology development and deployment.

    Academia, Business
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Support carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to allow the extended use of fossil reserves in the transition phase to a carbon-free energy supply.

    Support carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to allow the extended use of fossil reserves in the transition phase to a carbon-free energy supply.

    Support carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to allow the extended use of fossil reserves in the transition phase to a carbon-free energy supply.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Aim to “decarbonize” energy supply completely by the end of the 21st century through renewable energy and possibly fusion.

    Aim to “decarbonize” energy supply completely by the end of the 21st century through renewable energy and possibly fusion.

    Aim to “decarbonize” energy supply completely by the end of the 21st century through renewable energy and possibly fusion.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
    Symposium 2008

    Provide support to build large-scale solar power plants.

    Provide support to build large-scale solar power plants.

    Provide support to build large-scale solar power plants.

    Polity, Business

    Proposals

    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    DESERTEC: Clean power from deserts for a sustainable world with 10 billion people

    Summary on a proposed Solution of Energy vs. Climate by Gerhard Knies, DESERTEC Project Director for the Club of Rome, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.], 08-2008, at the Global Economic Symposium GES2008, Ki ...

    Summary on a proposed Solution of Energy vs. Climate by Gerhard Knies, DESERTEC Project Director for the Club of Rome, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.], 08-2008, at the Global Economic Symposium GES2008, Kiel/Plön, DESERTEC: Clean power from deserts for a sustainable world with 10 billion people The world’s natural resources are overused already, by 6 billion people. Is the world ready to host 10 billion? They are on their way. Most of them live already now. Time is tight to get ready for 10 billion. Affordable and sufficient water, food and energy as well as a stable economy and climate are indispensible preconditions

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Energy versus Climate Change

    Achieving a sustainable future balance between global economic growth, energy supply and climate protection is one of today’s greatest challenges. As stated by various sources like the International ...

    Achieving a sustainable future balance between global economic growth, energy supply and climate protection is one of today’s greatest challenges. As stated by various sources like the International Energy Agency (IEA, OECD/IEA: World Energy Outlook 2007, Paris) or the Energy Information Administration (EIA: International Energy Outlook 2008, Highlights, June 2008) global energy demand will grow substantially and is predicted to be up to 50% higher in year 2030 compared to the year 2005 level. With a share of around 80%, non-OECD countries account for the bulk of this increase in energy demand driven by a strong economic growth in

    Polity, Business
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    Energy versus Climate Change

    The problem of global warming requires immediate reductions of carbon emissions. Limiting temperature increase below 2°C requires the reduction of worldwide average per capita emissions to 0.3t carbo ...

    The problem of global warming requires immediate reductions of carbon emissions. Limiting temperature increase below 2°C requires the reduction of worldwide average per capita emissions to 0.3t carbon annually which is equal to India’s level today. Such a great cut of the world’s emissions requires cumulative investments in energy supply infrastructure of $22 trillion by 2030. Consequently, energy R&D relative to GDP has to increase from over 0.02% today to about 0.08% in 2080. Policy should support all feasible energy sources so that technological innovations and market forces can reveal the most efficient options. The future energy portfolio will

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2008

    The Changing World: Energy Perspectives and Climate Change

    Main Messages: Humanity is on a brink of a grand transition to be compared with the emergence of agriculture some 20 thousand years ago and the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago. The transition ...

    Main Messages: Humanity is on a brink of a grand transition to be compared with the emergence of agriculture some 20 thousand years ago and the Industrial Revolution two centuries ago. The transition will no doubt transform the very fabric of societies and establish new techno-economic paradigms, however, the exact dynamics and direction of change is elusive. Scenarios as a kind of “future histories” are one of major methods for assessing the deep uncertainties associated with the wide range of plausible future developments, their consequences and possible tipping points. Integrated assessment combines the qualitative methods of storyline writing with

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society