This section looks at technologies and approaches that can play a major role in reducing emissions from the energy and industrial sectors. The pages in this section look at the following.
- Considers the rate of growth of energy technologies and the policy implications of this. It takes a several decades to get technologies to the scale where they are a major proportion of world energy supply. This places significant limits on decarbonisation pathways. However some groups of technologies such as energy efficiency and solar have different characteristics, and may follow a different pattern.
- Looks at barriers to the deployment of solar as costs are coming down to levels that make it more economically competitive.
- Reviews the current status of CCS, showing that it is beginning to make a more significant contribution to decarbonisation, but mainly outside the power sector, where it is unlikely to account for a large proportion of emission abatement for some decades.
- Looks at long term trends in lighting and what they tell us about prospects for reducing energy demand through greater efficiency.