The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET), a high-level body of engineers and energy system experts helping build the UN Secretary General’s coalition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, has convened for the first time at the UN climate change conference (COP27).
The CEET has released a statement calling for the rapid deployment of commercially available clean energy technologies, for an accelerated development and deployment of emerging technologies, and for research to develop additional innovative solutions. The statement underlines that these technical solutions must link with policies that support a just and affordable energy transition that leaves no one behind.
The Council identifies three key approaches to support an affordable and reliable net-zero energy system:
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- Reducing the energy intensity of economies with policies and measures that leverage technologies, data, and digitalization, in particular by supporting energy efficiency to reduce operating costs, improve energy security, and quickly reduce emissions.
- Electrifying end uses that currently rely on fossil fuels, such as building heating, cooking, and passenger vehicles, while pursuing other decarbonization pathways, such as carbon management and low-carbon fuels, for end uses that are harder to electrify, such as heavy industry and heavy transport.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy supplies by transitioning to renewables, nuclear, and other low-carbon primary energy sources.