100% Renewable Energy: Utopia or reality?
Day: 13th September, 2017
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
The vision of 100% renewable energy dates back to the 1970s. While developments until the early 2000s were modest, recent advancements – especially the exponential growth of wind and solar – have led to ever increasing shares of RE. Coupled with the pressure to decarbonise the energy system, these developments have triggered a discussion about the feasibility of a 100% RE future.
Renewable energy development is on the rise: 2016 saw its largest annual increase with an estimated 161 GW of capacity added, continuing the trend of renewable power capacity additions surpassing added net capacity from all fossil fuels combined. Globally the RE capacity (including large-scale hydro) stood at 2,017 GW – which is more than double the 2005 levels. Overall the estimated share of renewables in final energy consumption in 2015 was approximately 19.3% (of which 10.2% are modern renewables, excluding traditional biomass). In the LAC region, renewables have been increasing: since 2005 renewable electricity capacity has grown by 40% (on average 4% p.a.) – from 151 GW to 212 GW.
Questions to be addressed by the session:
What does it take for you to picture a transition to a 100% renewables-based energy system, especially considering the urgency implied by global warming? Is it a utopia or a necessity?
Looking at the factors that influence projections (such as GDP, population growth, energy intensity, or the level of electrification in the transport and heating sector), which ones have the greatest positive or negative effect in your region/your country?
What could a 100% RE-based system look like in your region/country/city/community? To what extent and within what timeframe could such a system be developed?
What do you see as the main barriers and restrictions in technical, socio-economic, and political terms?
Assuming you were in charge of the transition to 100% renewables by 2050 in your region/country/city/community, what actions would you take and how would you prioritise the different steps?
The keynote speaker gives a 15 min overview of the thematic context of this session. In the remaining time, the panelist’s respond to the questions posed by the moderator as well as discussion points from the audience.
Keynote: Mr. César Hernández, Deputy Secretary of Electricity, SENER –TBC
Moderator: Mr. Tabaré Arroyo, Director General, WWF
- Mr. Juan Acra, Presidente, Comisión de Energía, COPARMEX
- Mr. Guillermo Arizmendi, Gerente de Planeación, CFE
- Mr. Lasse Bruun, Head of Global Campaign Coordination, CAN International
Other Panelists TBC