The global energy system needs to undergo a radical change. It has to become broader, cleaner, more efficient. My belief is that a balance between accepting the intermittent supply of renewables and the more constant supply of fossil fuels is probably going to be the way that happens.
We are in a period of unprecedented social, economic and technological change – both here at home and globally. What does this mean for being ‘green’ or ‘eco-sustainable’ – especially as it is applied to the built environment, which has high environmental impacts – 40% of our CO2 emissions come
The increasing reliance of all modern societies on plentiful supplies of energy – and particularly electricity – poses significant challenges to governments, business and indeed the individual consumer.
Is there a country that you would single out as being particularly strong on innovation in energy policy terms?
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Is the key to a green economy a change in energy policy? Those involved in the industry (the government, consumers, business) often seem to be playing a game of pass-the-parcel, shifting responsibility between each other.
Global vehicle manufacturers are now delivering on their promises to introduce electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. John Batterbee, Strategy Manager for Vehicle Integration at the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), reports.
Transport is one of the main users of energy and is a rapidly increasing emissions sector. Road transport is the largest contributor to global warming by sector.
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Two particularly intriguing statistics are:
As part of the ongoing partnership between Shell and the New Statesman we hosted a panel event to debate prevalent myths surrounding the energy sector, in order to establish how widely held these myths are we conducted some exclusive YouGov polling, the results are available to download here.
Mike Stephenson, British Geological Survey
Facts and figures Global primary energy mix by consumption
According to the International Energy Agency, the world may have 250 years of gas at current levels. What lies behind this increased estimate?
Global population increases, particularly in developing countries, will put huge pressure on our energy provision.
The New Statesman talks to Shell’s Vice President Global Business Environment
Which technologies do you think will show most progress in the next ten years?
For the past 200 years human beings have depended on fossil fuels, and this doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon. Despite sustained pressure from environmentalist groups, it looks like gas and oil are here to stay.