Renewable Energy: A key climate solution – IRENA

Renewable Energy: A key climate solution – IRENA

Accelerating energy transformation is key for a climate-safe future. The future of tomorrow depends on the energy decisions we are making today. Source: Renewable Energy: A key climate solution – IRENA OK, if I share a post reporting that “renewable energy is a key climate solution”, I am unlikely to provide you with exceptional insights, I guess. But the infographics that has been produced by the International Renewable Energy Agency in this webpage is really fantastic and deserves to be seen!…

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Climate participation – Scenarios completed

Climate participation – Scenarios completed

In the past days I completed the scenarios of the climate participation exercise according to the scheme that I described at the beginning of the month. I did not have time to develop a huge exercise, but I think that some interesting conclusions may be drawn from the runs. In the next couple of weeks of course I will enjoy the Christmas Holidays, but I will also have to find time to work a bit. In fact, I will have…

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COP24 – UNFCCC

COP24 – UNFCCC

In the last weeks, Katowice, Poland hosted the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24), the yearly session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). As most of you know, COPs are essentially the most important yearly event concerning climate change, where fundamental decisions are (or, sometimes, are not…) made by world countries towards global mitigation action. Hence, a post on this topic is mandatory (here the link to the post dedicated to last year’s COP23 in Bonn). The…

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Final seminar at FEEM

Final seminar at FEEM

Last Friday I gave the final seminar of my Marie Curie project here at FEEM. The presentation covered Work Package 2, which essentially is the core of the scenario assessment exercise characterizing the second year of the MERCURY project. The title of the presentation was “Future prospects of renewables, CCS, and nuclear in the EU and beyond: results from the MERCURY project”. The presentation essentially replicated the structure of Deliverable 2.1: an introduction to the project and to WP2, followed…

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AIEE – Milan

AIEE – Milan

In the past days I participated in the third annual Energy Symposium organized by AIEE, the Italian branch of IAEE, the International Association for Energy Economics. Indeed this conference did not require a long journey, as it was organized at the Bocconi University, here in Milan. By the way, this was the last conference of my MERCURY project, which will end on next January 15, 2019. Honestly, in terms of research, I did not find any outstanding presentations in the…

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Carbon capture, utilisation and storage finally catches the spotlight – IEA

Carbon capture, utilisation and storage finally catches the spotlight – IEA

Large CCUS deployment will be needed for successful clean-energy transitions Source: Carbon capture, utilisation and storage finally catches the spotlight – IEA More than one month has passed since I completed the research task concerning CCS, however I would like to share this post appeared yesterday on the International Energy Agency website. Preliminary note: the IEA normally prefers talking about CCUS, i.e. highlighting the term “utilization” (that you find in the post title), but obviously we are talking about the same…

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Climate participation – Concept and scenarios

Climate participation – Concept and scenarios

As you read in the last post, in the past days I finally completed Work Package 2 and I could start the main activity of Work Package 3. I talk about “main activity” because, as you might remember, in 2017 I worked a bit on a side activity focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whose paper I presented at the EAERE conference in Athens. In this last research task of my MERCURY project I would like to focus on…

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Nuclear paper and Deliverable 2.1 completed

Nuclear paper and Deliverable 2.1 completed

Finally in the past days I completed the paper regarding the nuclear task of WP2. Methodologically, the paper is similar to the CCS one: I tried to describe the different power generation futures related to the several scenarios explored, but above all I analyzed the relevant policy costs: differently from the CCS case, where the delayed deployment of CCS does have a considerable effect on policy costs, for nuclear I did not find major changes across scenarios. But I don’t…

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Efficiency should always be the first answer – IEA

Efficiency should always be the first answer – IEA

Energy efficiency has been critical in decoupling economic growth from rising energy consumption Source: Efficiency should always be the first answer – IEA In my research I have been focusing on low-carbon power technologies and on how they could contribute to the transition towards a fully decarbonized energy sector. However we often forget that, as the title of this post clearly states, “energy efficiency should always be the first answer”. Before trying to understand how to generate clean energy, in fact,…

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COBHAM – Milan

COBHAM – Milan

In the past days I participated in the workshop titled “Best practices for modeling human behaviour in IAMs”, where I remind that the acronym IAM stands for Integrated Assessment Model, i.e. the model family that comprises my WITCH model. The workshop was organized in the context of COBHAM, the ERC project coordinated by my Supervisor Massimo Tavoni. Behavior is a relevant aspect in Integrated Assessment Modeling, which has become topical in recent years. The research question is quite simple: IAMs…

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