Global Scans · Affordable and Clean Energy · Weekly Summary

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

  • [New] Equinor Energy AS will further develop the gas infrastructure in the Troll West gas province to accelerate production and maintain current gas export levels. Oil & Gas Journal
  • [New] The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive seeks to decarbonise the EU's building stock by 2050 and facilitate the renovation of buildings. Linklaters LLP
  • [New] Earlier this year, Hyundai Motor announced a vision for the HTWO brand's expanding role in the hydrogen value chain, signaling that it will be the catalyst for a global energy transition. Hyundai Electrified Commercial Vehicles
  • [New] As part of efforts to meet climate targets and boost energy security, the UK is seeking to increase its nuclear power capacity by 2050 to 24 gigawatts, equivalent to about a quarter of projected electricity demand, from about 14% currently. RTE
  • [New] In the NZE Scenario, the swifter adoption of clean energy technologies implies an even more pronounced surge in demand for critical minerals, nearly tripling by 2030 and growing to over 3.5 times the current levels by 2050, reaching nearly 40 Mt. IEA
  • [New] In Europe, most additional renewable electricity generation is expected to come from wind and solar since its geography limits the potential of other sources, such as hydropower and geothermal energy. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • [New] The UAE's large public financial buffers help mitigate risks, while accelerated public and private investment and structural reforms, including to meet more ambitious climate goals and develop low-carbon and renewable energy and technology, could spur growth more than expected. Mirage News
  • [New] A Danish company named Topsoe is planning to build a factory in Virginia that will produce electrolyzers, a device that can make clean hydrogen when powered by solar or wind energy. Scientific American
  • [New] The PPR's ability to support heavier spacecraft could allow for additional shielding, reducing crew exposure to high-energy harmful particles, known as Galactic Cosmic Rays, during long-duration spaceflight. NewsBytes
  • [New] As the world's top producer of natural gas, [159] the United States is well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunity that hydrogen presents to assert global leadership in clean energy technologies utilizing an abundant domestic resource. CRES Forum | Clean Energy Production = Clean Energy Job
  • [New] If clean hydrogen becomes widely adopted in sectors where there are few other avenues to decarbonize, such as iron and steel, long-haul trucking, chemicals, refining and maritime and aviation fuels, it could help reduce global energy-related emissions by 10 to 25%. CRES Forum | Clean Energy Production = Clean Energy Job
  • [New] In Europe, the push towards wind energy has been accelerated by the need to secure energy independence, especially in light of recent geopolitical tensions and disruptions in fossil fuel supplies from Russia. ThePrint
  • [New] The EU is accelerating its wind energy deployment, while in the US, federal incentives like the Inflation Reduction Act have bolstered wind energy investments, particularly in offshore wind, which is poised for substantial growth with the expected completion of new large-scale projects. ThePrint
  • [New] Floating Offshore Wind Shot positions the US as a leader in floating offshore wind and aiming to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind energy by more than 70% by 2035. Energy Connects
  • [New] With plans to raise the share of power generation from renewable sources to 40% by 2030 and 42% by 2035, Egypt is positioning itself as a leader in energy innovation in the Middle East. Tekedia
  • [New] With hundreds of the world's climate scientists reported to be expecting global temperature rises of at least 2.5 °C, well above the internationally agreed target of 1.5 C, the need for clean energy and to reduce reliance on fossil fuels is more pressing than ever. Verdict
  • [New] Seawater desalination has the potential to provide water for much of the world's population, but it needs energy and produces brine. ISPI
  • [New] Supply chain disruptions have declined as China reopens to the world and Europe diversifies its energy supply away from an overdependence on Russian oil, in the context of the war in Ukraine. The Irish Times
  • [New] Australia may be able to muddle through the next few years, but voters will not forgive their political leaders if they mess up the post-coal era and fail to deliver the trifecta of clean, affordable, and reliable energy. The Conversation
  • India has set itself a target of achieving 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030 as part of its commitment under the Paris accord. The Indian Express
  • Combined, the wind and solar systems will generate 7.8 megawatts of renewable energy, making it one of the largest on-site, behind-the-meter, renewable energy projects in the U.S. My County Link
  • By 2027, the energy consumed by generative AI processing will account for nearly 80% of the total electricity consumption of data centers in the United States. TrendForce Insights
  • Significant growth in renewables, storage, hydrogen and carbon capture provides the best pathway to net zero by 2045 and will deliver secure, affordable and clean energy supplies for Scotland's households, business and communities. Yahoo News

Last updated: 26 May 2024

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