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Solution for 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 cl ...

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.

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.

The private sector should be given incentives for emission reductions: a carbon price helps firms formulate business plans for the next 10-15 years. Currently available options for emission reductions include natural gas, bioenergy and wind power, which are either carbon-neutral or with a low emission intensity. These alternatives could be implemented at relatively low cost, and should therefore be given policy priority over more difficult choices, such as a complete phasing out of coal power generation.

In addition, the public sector needs to invest more in R&D on technologies that will play a significant role after the next decade, including CCS, photovoltaics, and nuclear fusion.

Renewable energies can open new opportunities for developing countries. For example, solar technologies can take advantage of the abundant sunlight near the equator.

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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.

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    Related Solutions

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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.

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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.

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