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Symposium 2009

The Energy Crisis and Climate Change

The Challenge

The future global economy is likely to consume ever more energy, especially with the rising energy demand of developing countries such as China and India. At the same time, the tremendous risk of climate change associated with the use of fossil fuels makes supplying this energy increasingly difficult.

This challenge can hardly be addressed by single local solutions. Rather, it requires an interconnected global portfolio of energy sources that matches regional characteristics and that can satisfy the global energy demand in as efficient and carbon-free a way as possible.

While many developing regions are abundant in potential energy sources such as coal, solar power, wind, and water, state-of-the-art energy technologies are mainly developed in the industrialized countries, at least so far.

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Give priority to measures that can increase energy efficiency, such as better insulation of residential buildings, new vehicle engines, and improved manufacturing processes.

    Give priority to measures that can increase energy efficiency, such as better insulation of residential buildings, new vehicle engines, and improved manufacturing processes.

    Give priority to measures that can increase energy efficiency, such as better insulation of residential buildings, new vehicle engines, and improved manufacturing processes.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Reduce emissions from power generation by exploiting available options in natural gas, bioenergy, and wind power; at the same time, increase public sector R&D on new technologies including carbon capture ...

    Reduce emissions from power generation by exploiting available options in natural gas, bioenergy, and wind power; at the same time, increase public sector R&D on new technologies including carbon capt ...

    Reduce emissions from power generation by exploiting available options in natural gas, bioenergy, and wind power; at the same time, increase public sector R&D on new technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS), photovoltaics, and nuclear fusion.

    Polity, Academia, Business
    Solution
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    Pursue international cooperation to promote investment in new energy technologies, together with the associated training, in developing regions.

    Pursue international cooperation to promote investment in new energy technologies, together with the associated training, in developing regions.

    Pursue international cooperation to promote investment in new energy technologies, together with the associated training, in developing regions.

    Polity, Business

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    The Energy Shift and Its Impact on Global Climate Change

    The unprecedented volatility in energy prices of the last few years, and the policy imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have produced deep uncertainty about the future of energy, and especi ...

    The unprecedented volatility in energy prices of the last few years, and the policy imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have produced deep uncertainty about the future of energy, and especially about the future of fossil fuels. A broad shift toward lower-carbon alternatives is now well under way, but on its current path, is happening too slowly to achieve the reductions in emissions that scientists consider essential to slow the pace of global warming. Energy prices will continue to be volatile, due to the inherent lags in bringing new capacity on line in a time of sharp shifts in

    Polity, Business
    Proposal
    Symposium 2009

    The Barefoot College

    (Complete Version including figures can be found in the Virtual Library.) The Barefoot College is the ONLY fully Solar Electrified College based in a village in India. 45 Kws of solar panels and 5 Bat ...

    (Complete Version including figures can be found in the Virtual Library.) The Barefoot College is the ONLY fully Solar Electrified College based in a village in India. 45 Kws of solar panels and 5 Battery banks of 136 deep cycle batteries have been installed by semi-literate barefoot solar engineers. The solar components (invertors, charge controllers, battery boxes, stands) are all fabricated in the College itself. Provides power to run 30 computers, E-mail, 500 tube lights, 70 fans, photocopying machine, VCRs, camcorders, pathology Lab, dining hall, a 40,000 book Library, dentist chair, film editing machine, slide projectors, and battery chargers.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2009

    The Energy Crisis and Climate Change

    The term ‘energy crisis’ is used quite loosely so it pays to be clear about what’s under discussion. Broadly speaking the term poses three distinct questions: Will we run out of energy? We rely ...

    The term ‘energy crisis’ is used quite loosely so it pays to be clear about what’s under discussion. Broadly speaking the term poses three distinct questions: Will we run out of energy? We rely on coal, oil and gas (the fossil fuels) for over 80% of our current energy needs – a situation which shows little sign of changing over the medium-term without drastic policy changes. On top of this energy demand is expected to grow by almost half over the next two decades. Understandably this is causing some fear that our energy resources are starting to run out, with

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Climate protection without blinkers: an intelligent mix of fossil and renewable energies

    Energy research must abstain from pigeonholing energies as fundamentally good or bad, from saying “renewable energies are automatically good and fossil energies are bad”. That is a dead-end street ...

    Energy research must abstain from pigeonholing energies as fundamentally good or bad, from saying “renewable energies are automatically good and fossil energies are bad”. That is a dead-end street in which we cannot afford to linger. We need a candid review of climate and energy policy – without blinkers and illusions. Real sustainability requires a balance between economic and ecological considerations, not an ecological fantasy world. In order to reconcile the interests of climate protection, supply security and market competition, we need an intelligent mix of renewable and fossil energies – and a global strategy which can be

    Polity, Business
    Proposal
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    Cheap Clean

    Expensive technology, even if it yields clean energy, cannot solve the challenge of global warming. Any solution, to be viable, must be low enough in cost that the world can afford to implement it wid ...

    Expensive technology, even if it yields clean energy, cannot solve the challenge of global warming. Any solution, to be viable, must be low enough in cost that the world can afford to implement it widely. Indeed, it is likely that the only technologies that are sustainable are those that are beyond cheap – those that are profitable. The reason for this conclusion is a key fact that underlies the IPCC projections of global warming: the predicted rise in temperature is tightly linked to the end of poverty in the developing world. Economic progress in the developing world has been

    Polity, Academia, Business
    Proposal
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    The Energy Crisis and Climate Change

    A solution for the future global energy problem should be based on the hard reality that global energy demand is likely to be expanded substantially in the short- to medium-term future due to populati ...

    A solution for the future global energy problem should be based on the hard reality that global energy demand is likely to be expanded substantially in the short- to medium-term future due to population and economic growth. Only a mix of different means, rather than a single formula, would solve the problem, and the solutions should reflect regional conditions. Renewable energiesRenewable energies are a key element in this solution portfolio. Wind power is already being installed at a growing rate globally and has a large potential in places such as China, India and the US, as well as in Europe.

    Polity, Business

    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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    EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Implementation
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    BioCycling GmbH

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Implementation
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    Converting Renewable Energies into Gas

    The Audi e-gas project represents the company's first step towards producing sustainable fuels. The company is currently building the world's first industrial-scale plant to convert CO₂ and renewabl ...

    The Audi e-gas project represents the company's first step towards producing sustainable fuels. The company is currently building the world's first industrial-scale plant to convert CO₂ and renewable electricity into a synthetic natural gas that can be fed into the natural gas network. This power-to-gas technology opens up new possibilities for sustainable mobility and the energy economy of the future.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society