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December 2021


How did we get here and where are we going?

Foresight Climate & Energy’s new podcast ‘Watt Matters’ is now live! In these biweekly discussions, Michaela Holl, David Weston and Jan Rosenow welcome guests from around the world to explore a breadth of issues related to the energy transition. Episode 1 takes stock of events leading to today’s race to reduce carbon emissions and highlights the mix of policies and technologies needed for a clean energy future.



Quantifying clean: Electric vehicles and marginal emissions

Even with the level of fossil-fueled generation remaining in today’s energy mix, driving an electric vehicle is more environmentally friendly than driving a combustion-engine car. Determining the actual emissions reductions can be complex, however, as the grid becomes cleaner and batteries improve. In the latest Electrification Academy webinar, Dr. Martin Doppelbauer explains the intricacies of calculating the marginal emissions of electric vehicles.



Will blue hydrogen lock us into fossil fuels forever?

In an article appearing only in the Cell Press journal One Earth, Jan Rosenow and Richard Lowes ask the big questions surrounding blue hydrogen. Some consider blue hydrogen to be a positive force in the climate and energy debate, while studies have shown that it is not a promising solution to decarbonisation. As the authors point out, embracing blue hydrogen could further lock society into fossil fuels, exacerbate greenhouse gas emissions and delay the energy transition.



Energy Efficiency First in buildings and related energy systems

In September, the European Commission published comprehensive recommendations for implementing Energy Efficiency First across different policy areas in the energy sector. To further promote a holistic approach, RAP and its partners in the Horizon 2020 project ENEFIRST designed policies for applying this decision-making principle to buildings and their energy systems. Our new report also offers a targeted review of the Fit for 55 legislative proposals from the perspective of Efficiency First.



Economy-wide assessment of regional policies in India: The E3-India model

RAP has collaborated with Cambridge Econometrics — its partner in the E3-India initiative — and Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics to publish a new book. E3-India is a macro-econometric model for simulating the effects of economic and energy policy at the regional level. This evaluation tool helps policymakers make well-informed, progressive policy choices.

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