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Preparing for the end of the Oil Age 6/2/2019
Climate change is full of surprises these days. Most of them are not pleasant.
Emissions are increasing again. Catastrophic storms which are only supposed to happen once in millennium are now happening once every few years. Leadership is fragmenting, with key nations backpedaling from the Paris Climate Accord. And in a new Reuters report published in early February, the largest 250 corporate emitters of greenhouse gases are revealed, with a few exceptions, to be largely not planning any significant reductions in their emissions.
We are in trouble. And we need leadership, in particular from the most carbon intensive business models of the planet.
One example of leadership on setting decarbonization goals with a plan to accomplish them comes, perhaps surprisingly to some observers, from the United Arab Emirates. Unlike most carbon intensive businesses of the world, the Emirates is public and specific on its plans, with a strategy which “aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25 percent to 50 percent by 2050 and reduce carbon footprint of power generation by 70 percent.”
In addition, the Emirates is building a new knowledge economy around its Masdar model, which is leading the way towards integrating renewable energy and sustainable city planning at increasing scales across the globe. And the leadership on this economic diversification plan is being fully taken up by the next generations, who are just now inheriting the responsibility to make this all happen. (Reuters)
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