Clean Energy

IEA report: “Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future”

IEA report: “Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future”

In this IEA report, it’s mentioned that cities account for more than 50% of the global population, 80% of global GDP, two-thirds of global energy consumption and more than 70% of annual global carbon emissions. According to IEA, these factors are expected to grow significantly in the coming decades: it is anticipated that by 2050 more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, resulting in massive growth in demand for urban energy infrastructure. Read more by clicking here ……

European Commission legislative package “Fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels”

European Commission legislative package “Fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels”

On July 14, 2021, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.  Quite a lot has been published in the media about these plans, but we only refer to the following link, which clearly shows the details. Please click here for further information ……

IEA article: Fossil fuel subsidies create an uneven playing field for clean energy

IEA article: Fossil fuel subsidies create an uneven playing field for clean energy

It continues to be worthwhile to read IEA articles and commentaries on various energy developments.

In a recent article by the IEA (for details click here), the authors emphasise the fact that fossil fuel subsidies are creating an uneven playing field for clean energy. IEA organisation monitors energy prices that consumers pay around the world, and compares them with so-called reference prices. In this way the IEA estimates the size of subsidies over time.

In the context of aiming for a sustainable world, this article shows that there is still quite some work to do internationally.

(IEA: International Energy Agency)

IEA latest report: pathway to net zero by 2050 is narrow but achievable

IEA latest report: pathway to net zero by 2050 is narrow but achievable

Despite an interesting recent article in the Dutch FD (*), by Mathijs Bouman, on the accuracy of forecasting by IEA, I continue to find the IEA reports very worthwhile to read and reflect upon. There is indeed a potential danger that, in case forecasts are too pessimistic, this could create unwanted actions. Nevertheless, it’s better to be safe than sorry with all negative consequences. (*): the article published in FD (Financial Daily newspaper) on May 15, 2021 outlined the views of a columnist that the advance of solar energy is systematically underestimated by the IEA.

IEA reported, amongst others, the following insights:

“Climate pledges by governments to date – even if fully achieved – are well short of what’s required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050.”

“Our pathway requires the immediate and massive deployment of all available clean and efficient energy technologies. That includes annual additions of solar PV to reaching 630 gigawatts by 2030, and those of wind power reaching 390 gigawatts. Together, that’s four times the record level set in 2020.”

“Most of the global reductions in CO2 emissions between now and 2030 in our net zero pathway come from technologies already on the market today. But in 2050, almost half the reductions come from technologies that are currently only at the demonstration or prototype phase. This calls for major innovation progress this decade.”

For more information, please click here.

Some relevant quotes from the IEA’s Global Energy Review 2021

Some relevant quotes from the IEA’s Global Energy Review 2021

  • “A rise in CO2 emissions of almost 5% in 2021 compared to 2020.”
  • “Global energy demand is set to increase by 4.6% in 2021, more than offsetting the 4% contraction in 2020 and pushing demand 0.5% above 2019 levels.”
  • “Demand for renewables grew by 3% in 2020 and is set to increase across all key sectors – power, heating, industry and transport – in 2021. The power sector leads the way, with its demand for renewables on course to expand by more than 8% in 2021.”
  • “Solar PV and wind are expected to contribute two-thirds of renewables’ growth.”

Food for thought when reading the latest message from the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, made at the opening of the recent 2-day Leaders’ Summit on Climate, who called on leaders everywhere to take urgent climate action:  “Mother Nature is not waiting”, he said. “We need a green planet — but the world is on red alert.” Click here for more details.

For further details, please refer to: https://www.iea.org/reports/global-energy-review-2021

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit on March 31, 2021

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit on March 31, 2021

We recommend readers to refer to the summary and video of the IEA, by clicking attached link.

The Summit is an important event on the road to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. It brought together decisionmakers and representatives of more than 40 countries covering more than 80% of global GDP, population and emissions. Focus was on the critical need for international collaboration and policy implementation to accelerate clean energy transitions. On May 18, the IEA will publish a wide-ranging roadmap for the global energy sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Good to continue monitoring these important developments.

Role of nuclear energy in the energy transition

Role of nuclear energy in the energy transition

We read with interest a recent article in the Dutch newspaper FD, in which prominent figures of the political party D66 advise the next Dutch government to seriously consider a role for nuclear energy from 2030. Our advice is to do this from a European perspective.

We would therefore like to recommend the politicians and readers of this website to also read the 2010 study by the European Climate Foundation (ECF). We have written about this before in previous blogs, but we would like to make reference to the Roadmap 2050 website again; https://www.roadmap2050.eu/.  The various reports (Roadmap 2050 (click here), Power Perspective 2030 (click here)) also clearly describe the role of nuclear energy. We understand the concerns and questions about how to deal with radioactive waste, but we believe that responsible solutions are (will be) available.

Netherlands: discussion about phasing out solar panel netting scheme (“Salderingsregeling”)

Netherlands: discussion about phasing out solar panel netting scheme (“Salderingsregeling”)

The Dutch House of Representatives (“Tweede Kamer”) recently declared the bill to phase out the netting scheme for solar panels definitively controversial. The law will only be discussed in the House of Representatives after the upcoming national elections on March 17, 2021.

This development creates uncertainty for individual households and companies. On the other hand, people know that solar energy must be fully used. As part of a necessary energy transition and also necessary to achieve the Dutch climate goals. We can therefore assume that it will remain interesting for households and companies to invest in solar energy systems.

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TenneT report: Monitoring security of supply of electricity in the Netherlands

TenneT report: Monitoring security of supply of electricity in the Netherlands

Security of supply of electricity is not an issue in the short term in the Netherlands. In the context of the (hopefully) growing energy transition and the greater dependency on generated renewable energy (wind and solar), the very interesting TenneT report provides useful observations and advice.

This report shows the need for an effective integrated European energy policy. Interconnections between countries are crucial here. The report also shows the need for good monitoring methodologies. For more information, we refer to the website of TenneT which also contains summaries in English: https://www.tennet.eu/nl/bedrijf/publicaties/rapport-monitoring-leveringszekerheid/

If we reflect on the TenneT report, the study by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) from 2010, in which KEMA has been involved, comes to mind. We have already written about this in previous blogs, but we would like to make reference again to the Roadmap 2050 website; https://www.roadmap2050.eu/. It is certainly worthwhile to read and reflect on the different studies, even though we are now 11 years later.

Potential of Green Hydrogen

Potential of Green Hydrogen

As can be viewed from previous blogs, we keep a close eye on the Hydrogen developments worldwide.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows on their website an extremely useful overview of the possibilities and applications of Green Hydrogen. Furthermore it makes a good distinction between Fossil fuel based grey hydrogen, blue hydrogen, turquoise hydrogen and green hydrogen. Costs developments are elaborated and show the full potential in the areas of energy transition. For further detail, please click here ….

Notes:  the various types of Hydrogen are nicely shown by IRENA on their website:

  • Fossil fuel based grey hydrogen (source = methane of coal; process = steam methane reforming (SMR) or gasification).
  • Blue hydrogen (source = methane or coal; process = SMR or gasification with carbon capture).
  • Turquoise hydrogen (source = methane; process = pyrolysis).
  • Green hydrogen (source = renewable electricity (e.g. offshore wind energy and solar energy); process = electrolysis).
  • Majority of hydrogen produced today is grey hydrogen, but the potential for green hydrogen is huge.

We also refer to previous articles on our website:

Other interesting references are: