Lead Author for the IPCC and Nobel Prize Winner Positive about a Sustainable Future
Date: November 6th 2020
Author: Alenka Lena Klopčič
If in the sixties gas was the ‘prime time’ of the energy era, nowadays hydrogen has taken over the hype, along with other clean-tech, such as lithium batteries, EVs, and, of course, renewables, said Daniel M. Kammen, lead author for the IPCC and Nobel Prize winner, in the conclusion of this year’s TBB (The Business Booster), the biggest energy start-up event in Europe, organised by EIT InnoEnergy. He also warned that caution is needed in order to avoid potential bubbles, such as the ‘dot-com burst’.According to Kammen, he recognises energy storage, including hydrogen, and offshore wind – as one of the renewable energy sources – as the most interesting technologies for a sustainable future.
When talking positively about a sustainable or carbon-neutral future, Kammen mentioned ambitious students for whom properly developed markets are also needed in order that they are able to use their knowledge in right way. In this regard, in his speech at the TBB, Dr. Steven Chu, an American physicist and a former government official, emphasised the importance of research and innovation (MORE).
Carbon neutrality by 2050 is possible, however, scaling up the technologies leading to that will be a big challenge, responded Kammen to the moderator. “But it is not just about scaling up clean technologies, it is also about restoring the forest, and about remediating plastic, carbon and other pollution,” he warned. Clean-tech cannot help us with that, he added, mentioning the bigger agenda when talking about sustainability.
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