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Informal Drinks – The Road to Carbon-Free Energy
17th March 2022, 18:00 - 21:00
On March 17th we discussed how we can shift to carbon-free energy. Electrification is critical to decarbonise various sectors. However, it is not enough anymore for a company to claim that they use 100% renewable energy as that does not necessarily equate to carbon-free energy. Each hour of energy consumption must be matched by an hour of carbon-free energy generation.
We are not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), which demands access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The United Nations have set an ambitious goal with their 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Compact and have put together a set of principles and actions that stakeholders across the energy ecosystem can commit to in order to drive systemic change.
So how do we embrace the rapidly developing technologies and move away from our reliance on fossil fuels? How do we use transition technologies such as nuclear and natural gas and how do we build the needed renewable energy infrastructure required?
This topic is very much in the media and public conscience but what is the latest research and how industries and individuals can work together to build the carbon-free future we all aim for. To achieve net-zero emissions across the global economy by 2050, electricity must decarbonize even faster, while becoming the core of a just and accessible energy system.
Christian Schaffner, Executive Director, Energy Science Center (ESC) ETH Zürich gave us some food for thought.
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