Sustainable development is essential for our future and our host, our Earth, needs it desperately. All of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals rely directly or indirectly to the availability of sustainable energy. Sustainable energy means not only that the energy conversion technology be safe, secure, clean, minimal resource intensive and cost-competitive but also that a maximum of the energy converted can be used in non-energy applications as agriculture, transport, health care, economic development, education and many other activities.
The global annual energy flow as today cannot be sustained during this century and beyond. Internalising all the external costs associated with energy conversion, especially relating to health and environmental impact, will be discrediting especially the fossil-fueled energy conversion technologies.
The future of the energy system is nowadays mostly debated in the context of climate change and thus the abatement of GHG-emissions. Though, a sustainability evaluation of our energy balance requires a truly systems view encompassing more than only the GHG-emissions dimension. Sustainable development for the world requires willingness to revisit, develop and deploy innovation in urbanisation, transport, labour organisation, water management, supply chains, agriculture and in the overall ecosystem as a whole.
The growing electrification during the 20th century is set to accelerate during this century. Even today, about 1,3 billion people lack household electricity directly and indirectly impacting family's comfort, security, health, education and overall well-being. Electrification helped to improve overall efficiency in industry, in the residential sector and services sector (some 6% of today's electricity being used to the IT-infrastructure worldwide) and is set to become a game-changer in the transport sector during the coming decades.
"Let's Energise Sustainability" is the title of our book to be published during Q2/2016 by mapping out the system scenarios towards sustainable futures 'fueled' by sustainable energy. Part of our ongoing analysis will be already provided though this website and open for discussion.