Thursday, December 27, 2007

Electrifying a Low-carbon Future

Is meeting the increased demand for electricity while lowering GHG emissions actually possible? Is it not contradictory for utility companies to push for the more efficient use of electricity by consumers when their core business is power delivery?

The answer to these and other seeming paradoxes is ‘yes' and ‘no' according to a new interim report published today by the WBCSD Electricity Utilities Sector Project. The report, Powering a Sustainable Future: Policies and measures to make it happen ( 1.4 MB) (and its technology solution booklet Powering Sustainable Solutions: Policies and measures 718 kb), highlights that many low-carbon solutions exist today, but warns that their development and deployment at a sufficient scale to reduce the carbon intensity of electricity production and increase consumption efficiency will not occur without the right regulatory and market frameworks.

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