An energy vision: The transformation towards sustainability - Interconnected challenges and solutions

van Vuuren DP, Nakicenovic N, Riahi K, Brew-Hammond A, Kammen D, Modi V, Nilsson M, & Smith KR (2012). An energy vision: The transformation towards sustainability - Interconnected challenges and solutions. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4 (1): 18-34. DOI:10.1016/j.cosust.2012.01.004.

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Abstract

The energy system is currently facing a number of challenges, most notably high consumption levels, lack of energy access, environmental concerns like climate change and air pollution, energy security concerns and the need for a long-term focus. Addressing these critical issues simultaneously will require a fundamental transformation of the global energy system. Recent assessments show that such transformational pathways are achievable in technological and economic terms, but constitute formidable governance challenges across scales. In this paper, we discuss a long-term vision for the energy system and elements of the transition towards this vision. This transformation would need to be based on several key components, including taking an integrated approach as basis, the focus on high levels of energy efficiency and the scale up of investments, also in RD&D.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability; 4(1):18-34 (February 2012) (Published online 31 January 2012)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 15:37
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9991

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