Millennials Ambassadors Forum – Turin

Millennials Ambassadors Forum – Turin

Yesterday I participated in a workshop organized by the Millennials Ambassadors Forum (MAF) in Turin, Italy. MAF is a think-tank where the so-called Ambassadors, i.e. prominent personalities from the social, political, and economic world, provide mentorship to the new generations under the inspiration of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Naturally the event was not strictly related to the MERCURY project, but it was surely within my multi-dimensional training objectives, especially in the broader perspective of understanding the world…

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New Asian coal plants knock climate goals off course – FT

New Asian coal plants knock climate goals off course – FT

Growing ‘disconnect’ between energy markets and emission targets Source: Financial Times Whereas old-technology and high-emissions coal-fired power plants have progressively been approaching the end of their operational life in Western countries, in Asia (notably China and India) such plants are averagely much more recent, and many are under construction. This will result in a lock-in of carbon dioxide emissions for decades, with detrimental effects on climate change mitigation. This is one of the biggest issues regarding  the energy sector in…

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CMCC Seminar – Venice

CMCC Seminar – Venice

Yesterday I participated in a seminar organized by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici) in Venice. The seminar was titled “A EU ‘Paris consistent’ road transport policy: is it possible and what would it take?” and was held by Jørgen Henningsen, senior adviser on energy and climate change of the European Policy Centre, and, among others, former director of the DG Environment of the European Commission. Indeed I did not simply attend the seminar….

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SISC – Venice

SISC – Venice

In the past days I participated in the sixth annual conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC, Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima) hosted by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. As the name suggests, this conference has more a scientific focus on climate change than my research activity, but it is always good to remain as up-to-date as possible on the multi-dimensional aspects of climate change mitigation. For instance, a couple of keynote speeches regarded the…

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Renewables 2018 – IEA

Renewables 2018 – IEA

Explore key findings from the IEA’s market report on renewable energy Source: Renewables 2018: Key Findings The International Energy Agency has recently published the “Renewables 2018” report, which discusses both the market status and the forecast from 2018 to 2023. The report is not for free, but the relevant webpage provides plenty of information, both as an overview and sorted by sectors (power, heat, and transport). The executive summary can also be downloaded. It is practically impossible to summarize the…

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CCS paper completed, now nuclear!

CCS paper completed, now nuclear!

Yesterday I finally completed the first draft of the CCS paper. As I anticipated in the last relevant post, I will likely finalize the article only after the end of the project: for the moment, this draft version is more than sufficient for Deliverable 2.1 and I have to focus on completing the modeling activity within January 15. The next step is the final task within WP2, focused on nuclear. It is known that this technology still represents a key…

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European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers’ Night

Last Friday was a special day in the European research community, as the European Researchers’ Night (ERN) took place. The ERN is essentially one day – despite the name 🙂 – when, once per year, thousands of learning and interactive activities are organized all over Europe in order to involve the general public and increase its awareness of innovation and research activities. A lot of activities were organized in Milan as well: the biggest initiative, promoted by the main universities…

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CCS scenarios and analysis – Activity completed

CCS scenarios and analysis – Activity completed

In the past days I finally completed the scenario runs concerning the CCS exercise that I have been carrying out in these weeks. Eventually I generated a set of 28 scenarios: as anticipated in one of the previous posts, there is a main matrix of climate targets (3.5°C, 3°C, 2.5°C, 2°C, and 1.5°C – all values refer to the temperature increase in 2100 with respect to the pre-industrial levels) coupled with different years when investing in CCS is triggered (2020,…

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IRENA points to offshore energy benefits for economies at G7 – IRENA

IRENA points to offshore energy benefits for economies at G7 – IRENA

Speaking at the Oceans Partnership Summit during G7, IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin underlined the potential of offshore renewable energy to meet energy demand, stimulate economic growth and generate employment – hallmarks of the global energy transformation. Source: IRENA points to offshore energy benefits for economies at G7 Offshore wind in the spotlight: is this technology going to be a game changer in the power generation sector in the next decades? For sure, so far renewable development has mostly focused…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first full paper

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first full paper

A couple of months ago I dedicated a post to the completion of the very first draft version of the paper focused on  the solar PV learning activity. I specified that I had shared the document with my co-authors and that, once received their feedback, I would aim at producing the first full version of the paper within end August. Well, this target has essentially been reached 🙂 In fact in the past days I finalized the document and, again,…

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