An energy vision for a planet under pressure

van Vuuren, D.P., Nakicenovic, N. ORCID:, Riahi, K. ORCID:, Brew-Hammond, A., Kammen, D.M., Modl, V., Nilsson, M., & Smith, K.R. (2012). An energy vision for a planet under pressure. Rio plus 20 Policy Brief #8

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Worldwide, global energy systems face an array of challenges, from access for the poor to reliability and security. Meanwhile, the provision of energy creates local human and ecological health impacts as well as dangerous global climate change. Addressing these issues simultaneously will require a fundamental transformation of the energy system. Recent assessments show that such a transformation is achievable in technological and economic terms, but it will present formidable supply- and demand-side challenges as well as problems of governance, transparency and reliability across scales.

This policy brief presents a long-term vision for the energy system and describes the elements required for the transition towards this vision. To succeed, this transformation must integrate several key components, including a focus on high levels of energy efficiency and the scale up of investments in technology deployment as well as research, development and demonstration (RD&D).

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: policy brief
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Rio plus 20 Policy Brief #8
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:47
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 12:04

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