Global warming and climate change are challenging problems that present a risk to our survival on earth. If humanity is going to solve climate change and transform to an actual low carbon future, this transformation has to be quantified and validated. Measuring the world’s success in averting climate change is an important piece of the puzzle. It is critical to be able to monitor and validate our progress towards low carbon at an early stage of this transformation. An effective monitoring strategy will help boost the right set of technologies, policies, and behavioral changes that lead to real results. …


Many people wonder what is low carbon energy? You do not need to be an expert to understand the basic concepts that relate to low carbon energy. In this piece we will discuss low carbon energy sources and main concepts related to them. You would be able to distinguish the main differences between low carbon energy sources, how they work, and what the main factors that determine their use are.

Low Carbon Energy sources

The global energy system is in a period of profound transformation. As the world’s population increases, the need for energy is also increasing. By 2030, up…


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Air travel accounts for 2% of global CO2 emissions, and that share is expected to rise to 12–27% by 2050[1] if no action is taken. In our previous article about transforming transport to low carbon we indicated that electrical aviation technology is primed to take over short-haul regional flights.


Transforming the world to a low carbon future will involve radically changing the industrial and manufacturing sectors. The challenge is: GHG emissions from certain industrial sectors will be the hardest to reduce.

Moving industrial processes to low carbon has several challenges; first these processes require high energy densities, and many of them rely on low energy costs to maintain business continuity, as well as reliable high temperature energy sources. Renewable energy sources are available to the industrial sector, however, electricity costs become a limiting factor for certain processes that require large amounts of energy at high densities and high temperatures…


Climate change is one of the most important issues facing humanity. The world needs to employ technology to drive responsible progress and sustainable economic development while reducing our environmental footprint. The world is experiencing climate change unlike anything in the last 800,000 years. As temperatures rise, food production is expected to be disrupted and food prices are predicted to rise. Modern agriculture is a major contributor to global warming, as climate models highlight the effect that agricultural practices have on our atmosphere. In addition, this sector is a major contributor to land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of…


Climate change has been making headlines recently, with the US administration pledging large amounts of spending towards reaching climate targets after the US re-joined the Paris Accord. The climate change challenge is complex and risky, this is why addressing it early on and in a timely manner provides guaranteed benefits to humanity. Transforming society to a low carbon future involves changing critical economic sectors such as buildings, transport, and agriculture.

However, GHG emissions from certain industrial sectors will be the hardest to address. The good news is industries can be incentivized to balance the societal and business interests while embracing…


Climate change is becoming a real threat to humanity and it is time for all of us to take action in order to mitigate and adapt to this threat. The path for transformation to a low carbon world is complex, but it is possible. A clean energy transition is one of the critical steps to mitigate climate change. In my previous article, we tackled GHG emissions from the building sector and how electrification of transportation would have synergies with buildings emissions. In this article we will look at the Transportation sector.

The impact of Transportation on climate change is significant…


The buildings and construction sector accounted for 36% of final global energy use in 2018. This staggering share of the world’s energy trickles down to a large share of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions where buildings accounted for 39% of the world’s emissions in that same year. It is important to highlight that over a quarter of these emissions came from manufacturing essential products needed for building constructions such as steel, cement, and glass.

Data: IEA and UNEP, Visual: Mike Hassaballa

The buildings sector is very different from other economic sectors. The buildings sector is characterized with a slow pace of…


Global warming is the gradual increase in temperature of Earth’s atmosphere due to greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. In recent years, global warming is believed to be caused by human activity. Our species evolved to be dependent on ever increasing quantities of cheap energy, and this has led us into a downward cycle that can cause negative consequences to earth. This is what many have identified as a Climate Crisis.

So, what can be done about the climate crisis? There are a few options. Some voices promote the idea that countries like China and…

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