Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals: Global and Regional 100% Renewable Energy Scenarios with Non-energy GHG Pathways for +1.5C and +2C

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Sven Teske
Springer International Publishing, Feb 28, 2019 - Technology & Engineering - 491 pages

This open access book presents detailed pathways to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, globally and across ten geographical regions. Based on state-of-the-art scenario modelling, it provides the vital missing link between renewable energy targets and the measures needed to achieve them. Bringing together the latest research in climate science, renewable energy technology, employment and resource impacts, the book breaks new ground by covering all the elements essential to achieving the ambitious climate mitigation targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement. For example, sectoral implementation pathways, with special emphasis on differences between developed and developing countries and regional conditions, provide tools to implement the scenarios globally and domestically. Non-energy greenhouse gas mitigation scenarios define a sustainable pathway for land-use change and the agricultural sector. Furthermore, results of the impact of the scenarios on employment and mineral and resource requirements provide vital insight on economic and resource management implications.

The book clearly demonstrates that the goals of the Paris Agreement are achievable and feasible with current technology and are beneficial in economic and employment terms. It is essential reading for anyone with responsibility for implementing renewable energy or climate targets internationally or domestically, including climate policy negotiators, policy-makers at all levels of government, businesses with renewable energy commitments, researchers and the renewable energy industry.

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Leonardo DiCaprio warns . . .
”If our world warms past 1.5 C, our way of life will profoundly change for the worse”.
The temperature in most locations regularly warms 10 C during the course of each morning (between sunrise and midday) and life continues. Daily maximums routinely increase 10 C or more over a 3 month period (from the end of winter to summer) and life continues. The annual range of maximum and minimum temperatures at numerous locations on the earth’s surface can vary more than 40 C (over a 6 month period) and life continues.
Despite these facts, we’re told a 1.5 C rise in average temperature over 100+ years is an existential threat to life on earth.
We’re already 2/3 of the way to 1.5 C and the biosphere, human population and food production have all increased significantly during the initial 1 C warming. That means the real alarmist story is that a further 0.5 C warming over the coming 30 to 50 years will significantly damage or destroy life on earth as we know it. And that includes the life that increased during the initial 1 C warming.

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About the author (2019)

Dr Sven Teske is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. Dr Teske has 25 years’ experience in technical analysis of renewable energy systems and market integration concepts. He has published over 50 special reports in renewable across the world, including the global 100% renewable energy scenario “Energy [R]evolution”, a grid analysis for the Chinese province Jiangsu in cooperation with the China State Grid Company and a 100% renewable energy pathway for Australia. Dr Teske was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report Renewables (Chapter 10: Scenario analysis), which was published in 2011. Sven also has practical experience in small-scale utility development. He originally developed the concept for a green utility and founded in 1999 the “Greenpeace energy eG”– Germany’s first cooperative in the power sector. Sven has a PhD economics from the University of Flensburg in Germany; he focused for his thesis on Integration of high penetrations of solar photovoltaic and wind into power systems.


• Decentralized energy and renewable energy system analysis

• Power grid integration for decentralized energy systems and smart grids

• Modelling, economics, planning and policy for delivering distributed energy

• Energy policy and regulations for electricity markets

• International renewable market development

• Electrification concepts for least developed countries

• 100% renewable energy pathways for CVF countries

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