Sustainable Energy Systems – the IPCC view

Limiting warming to well below 2°C will require substantial energy system changes over the next 30 years. This includes reduced fossil fuel consumption, increased production from low- and zero-carbon energy sources, and increased use of electricity and alternative energy carriers. Net-zero energy systems will share common characteristics: (i) electricity systems that produce no net CO2 or remove CO2 from the atmosphere; (ii) widespread electrification of end uses, (iii) substantially lower use of fossil fuels than today; (iv) use of alternative energy carriers such as hydrogen or bioenergy; (v) more efficient use of energy; (vi) greater energy system integration across regions and across components of the energy system; and (vii) use of CO2 removal. The presentation will elaborate on the IPCC view on Sustainable Energy Systems.

Andreas Löschel holds the Chair for Environmental/Resource Economics and Sustainability at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Before that he held professorships at the University of Münster and at the University of Heidelberg and was Head of Research at the ZEW - Leibniz Center for European Economic Policy. Since 2011, Andreas Löschel has been chairman of the expert commission for the Federal Government’s “Energy of the Future” monitoring process and has been lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2014. He is a member of the German Academy for Engineering Sciences (acatech). In the academic year 2021/2022, Andreas Löschel was a senior fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald.

Moderation: Dr. Hasmik Hunanyan

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