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Fully decarbonizing global industry is essential to achieving climate stabilization, and reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050–2070 is necessary to limit global warming to 2 °C. This paper assembles and evaluates technical and policy interventions, both on the supply side and on the demand side. It identifies measures that, employed together, can achieve net zero industrial emissions in the required timeframe. Key supply-side technologies include energy efficiency (especially at the system level), carbon capture, electrification, and zero-carbon hydrogen as a heat source and chemical feedstock. There are also promising technologies specific to each of the three top-emitting industries: …View Full Resource
The relationship between human health and well-being, energy use and carbon emissions is a foremost concern in sustainable development. If past advances in well-being have been accomplished only through increases in energy use, there may be significant trade-offs between achieving universal human development and mitigating climate change. We test the explanatory power of economic, dietary and modern energy factors in accounting for past improvements in life expectancy, using a simple novel method, functional dynamic decomposition. We elucidate the paradox that a strong correlation between emissions and human development at one point in time does not imply that their dynamics are …View Full Resource
West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices have fallen from $60 per barrel during the fourth-quarter survey period to $28 per barrel during the first-quarter survey period. (The price per barrel further declined to $24 per barrel during the week ended March 20.)
Special questions this quarter include an annual update to our data on breakeven prices by basin, expected changes in employee head counts for 2020, the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on company outlooks and the ability of firms to remain solvent given lower oil prices.…View Full Resource
There is a continuing debate over the role that woody bioenergy plays in climate mitigation. This paper clarifies this controversy and illustrates the impacts of woody biomass demand on forest harvests, prices, timber management investments and intensity, forest area, and the resulting carbon balance under different climate mitigation policies. Increased bioenergy demand increases forest carbon stocks thanks to afforestation activities and more intensive management relative to a no-bioenergy case. Some natural forests, however, are converted to more intensive management, with potential biodiversity losses. Incentivizing both wood-based bioenergy and forest sequestration could increase carbon sequestration and conserve natural forests simultaneously. We …View Full Resource
For the fourth year in a row, most leading indicators of coal power capacity growth declined in 2019, including construction starts, amount of capacity permitted for construction, and amount of capacity in pre-permit development, according to the Global Coal Plant Tracker.
With climate concerns dominating headlines, builders of new coal plants face an increasingly adverse business environment, including widening restrictions by over 126 globally significant banks and insurers, as well as commitments to phase out coal and accelerate a transition to clean power by 33 national and 27 subnational governments.…View Full Resource
Despite having played a central role in the creation of the international nuclear commercial sector, today the United States is increasingly on the outside looking in when it comes to civil nuclear projects. The United States now accounts for a relatively small number of new reactor builds, both at home and abroad. There are a few rays of sunshine for the US nuclear industry, especially when it comes to new technology. In fact, many of the new reactor builds that are underway do involve US technology and intellectual property, even if others are performing the construction. To take advantage of …View Full Resource
The rush to build more than 60 gigawatts of natural gas plants and pipelines risks tens of billions in investment and a trillion dollars in consumer costs by 2030. This report outlines these evolving risks for shareholders, lays out investor strategies to accelerate the clean energy transition, and shows how clean energy cuts utility investment risks from over-reliance on natural gas while providing new growth opportunities supporting decarbonization.…View Full Resource
First published in 2016 and 2017 by the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2020 U.S. Energy & Employment Report offers unique insights into the people who meet the country’s energy needs, and identifies important trends and skill sets for the 21st Century energy workforce. It serves as an important and consistent tool for policymakers at the state and federal level, trade associations, labor unions, and other key stakeholders. The 2020 USEER includes an exclusive section on five-year trends.…View Full Resource
As a nation we face three converging crises: the COVID19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession; the climate emergency; and extreme inequality.
Unemployment is rising at the fastest rate since the 2008 crash, and could eventually reach 20% — twice as high as the Great Recession. We needimmediate and sustained intervention to protect people’s health and economic well-being, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. We must also begin planning our economic recovery in a way that protects us from the impact of climate change and lifts up workers and frontline communities.
Many other groups are focused on the …View Full Resource
The natural gas industry is facing a number of headwinds. These challenges include decarbonization, electrification, and digitization. More recent pressure stems from low and volatile prices, supply gluts, heavy debt loads, and a nascent oil “war”. One of the key areas challenging the gas industry is methane and VOC emissions. The IEA reports that methane emissions from the oil and gas sector reached close to 80 million tons in 2017, or nearly 6% of global energy sector greenhouse gas emissions. To manage emissions and ensure the success of the industry, there are several emerging technologies for quantifying and identifying leaks. …View Full Resource