The role of renewable energy in climate change mitigation is explored through a review of 162 recent medium- to long-term scenarios from 15 large-scale, energy-economic and integrated assessment models. The current state of knowledge from this community is assessed and its implications drawn for the strategic context in which policymakers and other decision-makers might consider renewable energy. The scenario set is distinguished from previous ones in that it contains more detailed information on renewable deployment levels. All the scenarios in this study were published during or after 2006. Within the context of a large-scale assessment, the analysis is guided primarily by four questions. What sort of future levels of renewable energy deployment are consistent with different CO2 concentration goals? Which classes of renewable energy will be the most prominent energy producers and how quickly might they expand production? Where might an expansion in renewable energy occur? What is the linkage between the costs of mitigation and an expansion of renewable energy?
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Climate change mitigation; Renewable energy; Scenarios|
|Research Programs:||Energy (ENE)|
|Bibliographic Reference:||Climate Policy; 11(4):1131-1158 (July 2011) (Published online 10 May 2011)|
|Depositing User:||IIASA Import|
|Date Deposited:||15 Jan 2016 08:45|
|Last Modified:||19 Feb 2016 15:29|
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