* Key Findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)
A new briefing and infographic issued today distil the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report for the energy sector:
Energy demand is increasing globally, causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy sector also to increase. The trend is set to continue, driven primarily by economic growth and the rising population.
Climate change presents increasing challenges for energy production and transmission. A progressive temperature increase, an increasing number and severity of extreme weather events and changing precipitation patterns will affect energy production and delivery. The supply of fossil fuels, and thermal and hydropower generation and transmission, will also be affected. However, adaptation options exist.
Significant cuts in GHG emissions from energy can be achieved through a variety of measures.
Incentivising investment in low-carbon technologies will be a key challenge for governments and regulators to achieve carbon reduction targets. Reducing GHG emissions also brings important co-benefits such as improved health and employment, but supply-side mitigation measures also carry risks. Download the briefing from our website