Meeting global energy needs sustainably

WWF recently released their Climate Solutions: WWF’s Vision for 2050 report, announcing their latest studies on climate change, and humanity’s ability to meet global energy needs by 2050 without raising the earth’s temperature by 2 degrees Celsius based on pre-industrial levels (The global average temperature has already risen by 0.74 degrees Celsius as of 2005). If the earth’s temperature raised this much, a number of irreversible damages are expected, according to the organization: water shortages, food insecurity, health impacts, socio-economic impacts, loss of ecosystems and species.

The report is optimistic, but cautious. According to the Switzerland-based organization, the following five years will be crucial in order to switch to energy-efficient agenda globally. Using the Pacala-Socolow “Wedges” concept, WWF presents six solutions to achieve this goal:

  • 1) Energy Efficiency
  • 2) Stopping Forest Loss and Degradation
  • 3) Concurrent Growth of Low-Emission Energy Technologies
  • 4) Flexible Fuels, Energy Storage and Infrastructure
  • 5) Replacing High-Carbon Coal with Low-Carbon Natural Gas
  • 6) Development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

You can find the report here