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Sustainable2050

@Sustainable2050@mastodon.energy

Building Common Futures,
a new energy transition consultancy.
35+ years of experience in the energy transition.
Posting here on energy, climate &more
100% renewable energy globally by 2050 is possible!
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100% electric heavy truck spotted in the wild. My first, I think!

BM_Visser, to random Dutch
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Power demand in most EU countries has decreased in recent years. In Q1 2024, power demand was more than 6%lower than the average for Q1 in 2017-2021.
This contrasts with the EU ambition for a "greener economy, growing fast and sustainably".
Actually, it is caused by a decrease in economic activity in the EU due to, in my view, tight regulations and high energy prices.

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@BM_Visser And the high energy prices were caused by too much dependency on a certain fossil fuel supplier who started a war and an energy war in Europe.

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We're being told that there'll a big swing to the far-right in the European Parliament. Polls show much more modest movements.
But now, let's vote! Important for Ukraine, energy, climate, and much more. The Netherlands will vote tomorrow, other countries follow until Sunday.

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After 51 years of operation, the only Dutch power plant Borssele is getting old. Planned shutdown is in 2033, but so far, only €300 million has been set aside for its , estimated to cost between €600 million and multiple billions.
https://www.omroepzeeland.nl/nieuws/16573359/aandelen-verkopen-of-kerncentrale-moet-dicht-zoals-gepland?s=09

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Big leap for Dutch offshore wind!
The results of the tender for 4 GW of permits in the IJmuiden Ver area will be published in a week, on Thursday 11 June, at 18:00!
https://www.rvo.nl/onderwerpen/windenergie-op-zee/ijmuiden-ver#bekendmaking-vergunningen-ijmuiden-ver-alpha-en-beta
#offshorewind #windenergy #renewables

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Energy engineer who worked for IPCC on climate change elected as President of Mexico:
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexicos-sheinbaum-activist-climate-scientist-presidential-frontrunner-2024-05-31/?s=09

Sustainable2050, to climate
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In May 2024, the average atmospheric CO₂ concentration at Mauna Loa was 426.9-427.0 ppm*, that's ~2.9 ppm higher than last year. A big jump again!

*) estimate based on daily values

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Overall, we're still speeding in the wrong direction!

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With this annual peak of around 427 ppm, atmospheric CO2 has reached its highest level for 14 million years!

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Energy Infrastructure in the North Sea:
A time-sensitive international challenge to achieve EU’s 2024 climate targets

My opinion article for the European Sustainable Energy Week now on Revolve:

https://revolve.media/opinions/energy-infrastructure-in-the-north-sea

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Hearing that Dutch (technical) universities are already having to slash their budgets and lay off scientists due to the coalition agreement of the incoming right-far-right government which contains big budget cuts on scientific research. Not a smart idea in a knowledge economy.

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Sustainable2050, to climate
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Looks like global CO2 emissions finally peaked. Good. But no time to lose: onwards to a rapid descent!
From BloombergNEF via Justin Guay.

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Made possible by the end of growth for China's CO2 emissions. Solar PV, wind power, EVs: all massively growing there!
https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-monthly-drop-hints-that-chinas-co2-emissions-may-have-peaked-in-2023/
By @laurimyllyvirta

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@laurimyllyvirta Strange feeling, after 38 years working on energy transition and climate action. The moment of global CO2-emissions peaking is definitely a milestone. But we've lost so much time, and climate is already getting worse so rapidly, that there's little time to celebrate. Go, go, go!

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But please help to spread the good news. It's motivating. We want more! Well, less, that is ;)

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Don't attach too much value to the exact year of the peak, and to one scenario of one group of experts, but it will happen one of these years. 2023? 2024? 2025?
https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-global-co2-emissions-could-peak-as-soon-as-2023-iea-data-reveals/

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Widespread seawater intrusions found beneath the grounded ice of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica. This makes the glacier more vulnerable to melting from a warmer ocean than anticipated, which in turn will increase projections of ice mass loss. Paper: https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2404766121#executive-summary-abstract

h/t @MichaelEMann

Sustainable2050, to nuclear
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17 years - instead of the promised 4.5 years - after start of construction, Flamanville-3 should start generating electricity this year. To be taken offline again in 2026, for replacing its faulty reactor cover.
https://world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-loading-completed-at-French-EPR?s=09
#nuclear #NuclearPower #nuclearenergy

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Climate alarm for Brazil. Extreme weather is getting worse, the current floods in Rio Grande do Sul have made millions homeless and killed 200 people. According to the UN, Brazil already has 750,000 internal climate refugees, a number set to rise sharply.
https://nos.nl/l/2521499

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The voting cards for the European elections are in! More important than ever, for Ukraine, for nature, for climate, for the energy transition, and for democracy.
On Thursday 6 June, here in the Netherlands.
#elections #europeanparliament #ep2024

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Quite some people here in the Netherlands have come to believe that it was 'the left' that has been ruling this country for many years now.
In real life, we've had government coalitions led by @minpres Rutte's center-right VVD for the past 14 years.

Sustainable2050, to TeslaMotors
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The new Dutch coalition wants to avoid fossil imports from 'regimes we don't want to be dependent on', but some of its measures (lower energy taxes, less support for EVs and heat pumps) would increase those.
Yours truly on how to avoid this, for NOS public broadcaster:
https://nos.nl/l/2520722

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Agreement between right-far-right Dutch coalition parties published now. Thread with some points on climate and energy. These are the plans, but execution will of course be key. Wilders and his PVV are in full climate denial, like much of the EU's far right.
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  • Retain tailor-made agreements on emission reduction with large industries [progressing rather slowly in the past few years].

Much will depend on the Minister(s) to be responsible for execution. Search for ministers to be started now.

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