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Identifying Research Priorities and assessment needs for the case of Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)

Niki-Artemis Spyridaki & Vassilis Stavrakas | 8 November 2017

With the attention now shifted to the implementation of the Paris Agreement, many argue that early peeking of global emissions around 2020 and focus on zero emissions are critical for achieving the necessary mitigation and temperature goals. As a result, globally negative CO2 emissions may be required by the second half of the century to remove the gas from the atmosphere and store it on land, underground or in the oceans. Read more...

Identifying Research Priorities and assessment needs for the case of Solar Photovoltaics (PV)

Niki-Artemis Spyridaki & Serafeim Michas | 8 November 2017

Solar PV is a technology which has experienced exponential growth and has significant potential to aid the transition towards a low-carbon energy system. However, increased shares of solar energy, have revealed some challenges that need to be dealt with in order for the technology to maintain its exponential growth. These challenges include intermittency issues due to the resilience of Solar PV operation on weather conditions, current business models’ inadequacy to incorporate new actors entering the market, energy efficiency and standardization procedures, and recycling procedures and obligations determination. Read more...

Course Correction: 2017 Amendments to the Austrian Electricity Act

Keith Williges | 17 March 2017

The recent CARISMA discussion paper, Contextual factors affecting EU climate policies, discusses the institutional, economic, and social contexts which influence climate policy instruments, and the recent passage of the Green Electricity Act (GEA 2017) in Austria serves as a convenient example of how policymaking is influenced by such factors, and how they may help or hinder investment into low carbon policies requiring regular policy updates. Read more...

Power to Gas Indispensable for Reaching the 1.5 – 2 Degree Paris Targets: 3 mitigation policy biases

Catrinus J. Jepma | 4 November 2016

One of the main biases in international mitigation strategies is related to what I believe is a wrong perception of the role of electrons versus molecules in our energy system. Currently, some 80% of energy delivered worldwide to end-users is by way of molecules (mainly oils, gases and biomass) and only around 20% through electrons (power). Yet, most of the subsidies and innovation to make the system greener is focused on electrons (renewable power production), while the replacement of grey by green energy in the ‘world of energy molecules’ is proceeding much slower (mainly the slowly progressing green fuels/gases and co-firing). Read more...

Easier in theory than in practice: The nitty-gritty details of monitoring climate policies and emissions

Stefan Bößner | 19 September 2016

Technology Stefan Bößner of the Stockholm Environment Institute participated in the EIONET (European Environment Information and Observation Network) workshop on the details of emissions reporting and the challenges of getting reliable data on climate change policies. For two days, Member State representatives, European Commission officials and research institutions discussed how to improve reporting on emissions and pondered the effectiveness of policies deemed to reduce them, offering important insights into the complex world of climate change mitigation data usage. Read more..

New Guidance to Support Climate Technology Implementation

Wytze van der Gaast | 29 June 2016

Technology Needs Assessments (TNA) help developing countries map out their long-term development priorities and identify technologies to realise these with lower emissions and stronger climate resilience. Since the end of the 1990s, over 100 developing countries have conducted TNAs. Currently, another 25 countries are in a TNA process, thereby supported by the UNEP DTU Partnership, with funding from the Global Environment Facility. Read more...

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