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Pathways to deep decarbonisation in 2050: how Australia can prosper in a low carbon world
Pathways to deep decarbonisation in 2050: how Australia can prosper in a low carbon world

23rd September 2014

Organisation(s): Australian National University (ANU), ClimateWorks Australia

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Economics, Energy efficiency, Fuel switching, Nuclear energy, Renewables, Use and storage (CCUS)

Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia Can Prosper in a Low Carbon World presents an illustrative deep decarbonisation pathway for Australia - just one of many possible pathways - developed using a combination of well-established modelling tools to identify feasible and least-cost options. The frame of reference for the analysis is that all countries decarbonise by 2050, consistent with the objective of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to 2°C in order to avoid dangerous climate change.

This initial project report shows that Australia can achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and live within its recommended carbon budget, using technologies that exist today (including carbon capture and storage), while maintaining economic prosperity. Major technological transitions are needed in some industries and many activities, but no fundamental change to Australia’s economy is required. Economic activity and Australian incomes keep rising. The economy grows by 150% to 2050, while net emissions fall to zero and energy sector emissions are reduced by more than four fifths.

This report is accompanied by the Technical Report which gives detail on assumptions, data, modelling tools and detailed results.

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Pathways to deep decarbonisation in 2050: how Australia can prosper in a low carbon world. Technical report
Pathways to deep decarbonisation in 2050: how Australia can prosper in a low carbon world. Technical report

23rd September 2014

Organisation(s): Australian National University (ANU), ClimateWorks Australia

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Economics, Energy efficiency, Fuel switching, Nuclear energy, Renewables, Use and storage (CCUS)

This report presents the technical analysis supporting ClimateWorks’ Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050: How Australia Can Prosper in a Low Carbon World. It provides readers with details on assumptions, data, and modelling tools. This Technical Report provides detailed results and a discussion of limitations.

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This 2014 report by the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP) summarises preliminary findings of the technical pathways developed by the DDPP Country Research Partners with the objective of achieving emission reductions consistent with limiting global warming to less than 2°C., without, at this stage, consideration of economic and social costs and benefits.

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2013 technology map of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan): technology descriptions
2013 technology map of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan): technology descriptions

9th April 2014

Organisation(s): European Commission

Topic(s): Carbon capture, Energy efficiency, Fuel switching, Nuclear energy, Renewables, Use and storage (CCUS)

This publication is a Scientific and Policy Report by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This fourth edition of the Technology Map of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) addresses 22 different technologies, covering the whole spectrum of the energy system, including both supply and demand technologies, namely:

  • Wind Power Generation
  • Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Generation
  • Concentrated Solar Power Generation
  • Hydropower
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Marine Energy
  • Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power
  • Carbon Capture and Storage in Power Generation
  • Advanced Fossil Fuel Power Generation
  • Nuclear Fission Power Generation
  • Nuclear Fusion Power Generation
  • Smart Grids
  • Bioenergy - Power and Heat Generation
  • Biofuels for the Transport Sector
  • Fuel Cells and Hydrogen
  • Electricity Storage in the Power Sector
  • Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emission Reduction in Industry (the cement industry, the iron and steel industry, the pulp and paper industry)
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Heat Pumps
  • Energy Performance of Buildings

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Shale gas and fracking
Shale gas and fracking

5th April 2014

Organisation(s): House of Commons, United Kingdom

Topic(s): Fuel switching, Health, Law and regulation, Policy, safety and environment

The United Kingdom’s House of Commons Library prepared this note for Members of Parliament, to summarise the status of drilling for shale gas in the UK. 

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Potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas extraction and use
Potential greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas extraction and use

9th September 2013

Organisation(s): Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Government

Topic(s): Fuel switching

This United Kingdom Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) study examines local GHG emissions associated with shale gas exploration and production. The carbon footprint includes carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). Methane has a global warming potential 25 times greater than CO2, based on a 100-year time horizon. It also studies the effect of shale gas use on overall GHG emissions rates and cumulative emissions. Comparisons are made between the emissions associated with the use of shale gas, conventional gas, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and coal.

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Leveraging natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Leveraging natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

1st June 2013

Organisation(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Topic(s): Domestic policy, Fuel switching

This report provides an overview of natural gas production, the climate implications of expanded natural gas use, potential uses and benefits in key sectors, and related infrastructure issues. This report explores the opportunities and challenges in leveraging the natural gas to achieve further reductions in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Examining the implications of expanded use in key sectors of the economy, it recommends policies and actions needed to maximize climate benefits of natural gas use in power generation, buildings, manufacturing, and transportation.

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This handbook provides statistics and information - presented in tables and graphs - to describe the state of renewable energy technologies, capacity and growth, in the United States.

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Road transport: the cost of renewable solutions
Road transport: the cost of renewable solutions

1st January 2013

Organisation(s): International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Topic(s): Domestic policy, Fuel switching, Renewables

The analysis presented in this report – part of a series of cost studies from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – suggests that the outlook for renewable energy in transport to 2020 could be very positive, as long as current policy support is enhanced and expanded.

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European green cars initiative: towards an electric future?
European green cars initiative: towards an electric future?

1st December 2012

Organisation(s): European Commission

Topic(s): Economics, Energy efficiency, Fuel switching

The European Green Cars Initiative is part of the EU’s Economic Recovery Plan and of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a successful and sustainable social market economy. It is an example of action needed today in order to build towards a prosperous and sustainable future.

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Algae biodiesel: a feasibility report
Algae biodiesel: a feasibility report

23rd April 2012

Organisation(s): Springer Science+Business Media

Topic(s): Economics, Fuel switching, Renewables

This paper, from Chemistry Central Journal, explores the costs and suitability of using algae as a biofuel. A light review of the current research is followed by an overview of production. The paper concludes with an economic feasibility assessment stating that open-pond algae as a biodiesel fuel is close to feasibility as a full replacement for diesel, but not without subsidies, considerable technology improvements, or increases in the price of fuel.

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The carbon plan: delivering our low carbon future
The carbon plan: delivering our low carbon future

1st December 2011

Organisation(s): Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Government

Topic(s): Economics, Energy efficiency, Fuel switching, Law and regulation, Policy, Renewables

This document outlines the United Kingdom’s plans to achieve decarbonisation within the framework of its energy policy: to make the transition to a low carbon economy while maintaining energy security, and minimising costs to consumers, particularly those in poorer households.

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