Representing the behavioural dimension of energy demand in stringent mitigation scenarios (C4)

In many low carbon scenario projections, energy efficiency improvements and other demand-side mitigation actions contribute a significant share of energy and emissions reductions. This study investigates the representation of behavioural dimensions in energy systems models, such as barriers to energy efficiency and policies to overcome them, as well as behavioural changes such as shifts from …

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How can reducing energy demand help keep global warming below 2 degrees? Policy Card C4

How can reducing energy demand help keep global warming below 2 degrees? Policy Card C4 People and businesses can be encouraged by targeted policies to change their behaviour around using energy and energy efficient technologies. Policy tools such as regulations, standards and financial instruments can lower energy demand, and result in health and economic co-benefits. …

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Can we achieve the rates of energy transition required to limit global warming to below 2 degrees? Policy card C3

By limiting low-carbon energy technology deployment rates to within historical limits, it is possible to keep average global warming to around 2°C by 2100. These historical limits are based on what has been achieved by a small number of energy technology transitions in individual countries, so the deployment rates remain unprecedented at the global scale …

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How can Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) contribute to meeting 2 degrees? Policy card D2a

How can Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) contribute to meeting 2 degrees? Policy card D2a Most computer modelled scenarios that limit global warming to below 2°C rely on some amount of CO2 removal from the atmosphere later this century.1 BECCS is a process that has the potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere. …

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How plausible is a rapid global increase in the deployment of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)? Policy Card D1a D1b

Most future scenarios of the energy systems needed to avoid dangerous climate change involve the removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide later this century (referred to as a ‘negative emissions’ technology). BECCS is currently the only technology with the potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere at a global scale, whilst meeting future rising energy needs …

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Exploring the feasibility of low-carbon scenarios using historical energy transitions analysis (C3)

This study analyses the dynamics pf previous energy transitions with a view to applying these insights to assess the feasibility of low-carbon scenarios produced by a global energy systems model (the Grantham Institute’s TIMES Integrated Assessment Model, TIAM-Grantham). The study first reviews recent literature investigating past energy transitions, as well as how the feasibility of …

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Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: Achieving 2°C – COP 21 side-event

Weds 9 December 2015 | 09:15 -10:45 | COP21 OECD Pavilion Join our team of experts to hear their analysis of the INDCs’ contribution to avoiding the impacts of climate change this century, and how feasible it will be to limit warming to 2ºC. Presentation of new analysis: AVOIDing dangerous climate change Members of the …

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Synthesising existing knowledge on the feasibility of BECCS: Workshop report (D1.b)

There is a growing and significant dependence on biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in future emission scenarios that do not exceed 2°C warming; over 100 of the 116 scenarios associated with concentrations between 430–480 ppm CO2 depend on BECCS to deliver global net negative emissions in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) …

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Overshoot scenarios and their climate response (A3)

This report reviews the current literature regarding “overshoot” scenarios where some aspect of the climate such as the temperature or GHG concentrations temporarily exceed a given target. The aim is to characterise such scenarios from Integrated Assessment Models (IAM) and where possible the climate to these scenarios, however most simulations with comprehensive climate models consider …

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Planetary limits to BECCS negative emissions (D2.a)

This study focuses on the planetary limits to BECCS from first generation annual bio-energy (BE) crops coupled with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The acknowledged threat of many damaging aspects of climate change over the next century and beyond has prompted research into ways to reduce and reverse the recent increase in the amount of …

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