INCREASING THE WORLD'S ZERO-CARBON ENERGY OPTIONS TODAY
FOR A SAFER TOMORROW
DEEP DECARBONONIZATION CHALLENGE
DOUBLE THE WORLD'S ENERGY SUPPLY WHILE ZEROING OUT C02 EMISSIONS BY 2050
Half of the world’s 7 billion people are currently living in energy poverty.
Fossil fuel use (coal, oil, gas) is larger now than at any time in world history, with energy use expected to double by 2050, more than doubling C02 emissions (35 to 77 Gt).*
Regardless of significant efficiency gains, as developing countries move towards middle income levels, they will see substantial ‘first time demands’ (steel mills, refrigerators, cars, air conditioners, etc).
*MIT 2014 Climate and Energy Outlook
Meanwhile, ‘committed C02’ (emissions accrued from existing coal and nat gas plants) continue to rapidly eat up the carbon budget, in addition to annual emissions.
For example, existing coal plants from the power sector today (without carbon capture) will consume 40% of the remaining 500 GT we are able to emit (ever). In China, that would account for only half of all coal combustion.
ALL OF WHICH MEANS THE PLANET IS ON TRACK FOR THE PROJECTED WORST CASE SCENARIO (3.2-5.4 degrees C)
To avoid this fate, nearly every major report by the UN and other authorities over the past several years have said we need to deploy a suite of zero-carbon energy options (i.e. renewables, nuclear, energy efficiency, carbon capture and sequestration).
WHAT WE DO
Energy Options Network (EON) is a group of technologists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists providing rigorous thought leadership and hands on support to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of Real Climate Options most aren’t paying attention to.
As most future energy system growth will likely take place in the developing world, EON focuses heavily on technologies practical for deployment there.