Future energy projections

In Chapter 6 were described the SRES scenarios sponsored by the IPCC that detail, for the twenty-first century, a range of possibilities regarding future energy demand (based on a range of assumptions concerning population, economic growth and social and political development), how that demand might be met and what greenhouse gas emissions might result. In that chapter were also described the implications for those scenarios regarding climate change. Chapter 10 explained the imperative set out by the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) in its Objective that greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere must be stabilised so that continued anthropogenic climate change can be avoided. Scenarios of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions that would be consistent with various stabilisation levels were also presented. Arguments were put forward for limiting the rise in global atmospheric temperature to 2 °C above its pre-industrial level implying a target level for atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide equivalent of about 450 CO2e. How the world's energy producers and consumers can meet the challenge of such a target is addressed by this chapter.

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