NO ENERGY SECURITY WITHOUT CLIMATE SECURITY WWF, 2006-06
WWF urges the G8 nations to embark on a serious global ‘CLIMATE AND ENERGY SECURITY PLAN’ akin in dimension to the Marshall plan after the Second World War. The plan would aim at dramatically augmenting energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources within the next five years.
This plan would contribute to increased energy and climate security by (more concrete in the report):
1. Energy efficiency measures
2. Switch to low carbon
3. Redirecting subsidies from conventional to clean fuels
4. Legislating medium- and long term quantitative targets for renewable energies
5. Recognizing that nuclear energy is one of the most uneconomic energy technologies
6. Recognizing the value of highly efficient natural gas as a transition
7. Ensure that only zero-emission coal and gas power plants are built.
Climate and energy security are intimately linked. To date, the discussion of energy security has focused on supply, driven by concerns of increasing energy demands, declining oil reserves, unstable and generally rising oil and gas prices, and political instability.
The conclusion is that the G8 gives President Putin and other leaders the opportunity to correctly frame the security debate in terms of both energy and climate security. When one assesses the current scientific and energy developments globally, it is very clear that a sophisticated strategy combining energy efficiency, renewables and natural gas as a bridging fuel, can provide the pathway for a low carbon future. In addition, leaders should ensure that the crucial questions surrounding carbon capture and storage are answered expeditiously so as to determine the scale of its role in climate and energy security solutions in the future. Only with this strategy will climate insecurity be curbed.
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