The press release below should be read in conjunction with the previous post on the ‘Smart Garage’. Readers need to consider the possibility of doubling power generation in the coming decades without a breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion or large scale harnessing of the sun, wind and tides.
With the most focused of efforts and investment, rather than the continuing profligate use of the remaining fossil fuels, this is a vainglorious aspiration.
With a continuing contempt for reality it is ‘mission impossible’
Power Sector speaks up on Climate Technology
– Read the press update online: http://www.wbcsd.org/Plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?DocTypeId=33&ObjectId=MzI3NDg
A group of CEOs from some of the world’s best-known electricity companies has released a detailed report showing that enough low-carbon technologies exist to help the world avert damaging climate change, but that strong policy is needed to support their rapid deployment.
The business leaders, all members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Electricity Utilities Sector Project, have taken part in a “technology-by-technology” analysis to determine what policies will be needed at national and international levels to deploy the technologies on the required scale. Balancing energy security, providing affordable electricity and mitigating climate change will require global cooperation.
“In the coming decades,” the CEOs say in the report, “the world will need double today’s power generation. We in the power sector have a strong opportunity to take a lead in combating climate change. But we cannot do this alone. We need to work with governments and other stakeholders to find solutions. We realize some of these changes will take many years, but there is no time to lose and it is only through combined efforts that we will succeed in creating a low-carbon, sustainable energy future.”
– Power to Change: A business contribution to a low-carbon electricity future (PDF 1.1 MB): http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=d&id=MzI3NTI
– Power to Change – Summary of key elements and policy messages (PDF 748 kb): http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=d&id=MzI3NTQ