Perspectives on the pervasive energy-systems transformations

Nakicenovic, N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7176-4604 (2022). Perspectives on the pervasive energy-systems transformations. Oxford Open Energy 1 oiab005. 10.1093/ooenergy/oiab005.

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Abstract

Energy is central for the global decarbonization and the achievement of a sustainable future for all. This calls for a fundamental energy-systems transformation that would bring multiple co-benefits for health, climate and other challenges facing humanity and especially those without access to affordable and clean energy services. Pervasive transformation toward zero-carbon electricity and electrification of energy end use are central to achieving higher efficiencies, decarbonization and net-zero emissions. This is not merely a technical and economic issue. It is about people, about societies and about values and behaviors. Technology is an integral part of the society and an expression of collective intentionality through aggregation of sundry individual choices. The next disruptive transformation toward a sustainable future may indeed be powered by the digital revolution. It poses dangers for privacy, dissemination of alternative realities and erosion of evidence-based information but it also offers a great promise of catalyzing the emergence of a sustainable future by augmenting human capabilities by new, more convenient, more efficient and decarbonized goods and services. The key question is whether humanity will have the political will to collectively achieve the energy-systems transformation toward a sustainable future and net-zero emissions in merely three decades.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: oiab005
Uncontrolled Keywords: decarbonization, climate change, energy-systems transformation, energy transition
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2022 08:32
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 17:10
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/17747

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