Author: CEA

The time to act on decarbonisation of transport is now

The time to act is now. That is the consensus from every transport forum so far at COP24.  Everyone agrees that e-mobility in 2040 will be mainstreamed.  But according to the recent IPCC 1.5 degree report delaying action under 2040 in the transport sector means saying goodbye to any hope for a 1.5 degree or 2 degree outcome.  So what can be done next year and in the next decade to reduce transport sector GHG emissions by 10-15% (the level required under the 1.5 degree scenario)?   Surprisingly few transport sector transition experts can name a specific measure, explain...

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Biofuels – the orphan child at COP 24

Electro mobility gets the thumbs up Electro mobility is the buzz word in transport decarbonisation at COP 24. Everywhere you go, EV’s dominate discussion on the thorny problem of controlling carbon emissions from the world’s rapidly growing transport fleet. There was (almost) no mention of the only technology that has reduced these emissions at scale to date — biofuels.  Nor of the fact that it will be the major technology in decarbonising transport through to 2050 according to the IPCC.  By 2050, renewably fuelled EV’s should just about catch up with biofuels (see chart 1).  This assumes that power...

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Preparations for COP 24 get underway

The 2018 U.N. Climate Change Conference including the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 24) is due to be held in Katowice, Poland from the 3rd -14th of December 2018. Katowice is the third Polish city to host the event following Poznan in 2008 and Warsaw in 2013. This year’s conference looks to build upon the achievements of 2017’s COP 23 organised by the Fijian government. Since the signing of the Paris Agreement at COP 21 in 2015 one of the main goals of the annual COP conferences has been to agree a...

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