Pachauri, Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Stresses the Need to Bank on R&D to Tackle CO2 Emissions

Published November 19th, 2009 - 01:01 GMT

Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change and a keynote speaker at the upcoming World Future Energy
Summit in Abu Dhabi, has made a public call for governments across the world
to stimulate research and development in innovation and technology - critical
components for the dissemination of low-carbon energy technologies. The
statement comes as heads of government from across the world are expected to
declare their willingness to adopt ambitious emissions targets in the run up
to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.


    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has
assessed scenarios by which the climate of the earth can be stabilized. Based
on that assessment Pachauri says, "We need to invest now in the research &
development of new technologies to guarantee that long-terms goals can be


    Pachauri believes the first step to achieving sustainable
energy consumption must be taken by governments. This should be achieved by
managing demand, leading to reduced public energy consumption by stimulating
lifestyle changes and attaining higher levels of energy efficiency.


    Market failures along the innovation chain require public
spending to drive down the cost of technologies to a point where the carbon
price can take over and accelerate their deployment. Estimates from the
European Commission suggest that global public support for energy R&D should
at least double by 2012 and quadruple by 2020.


    Pachauri highlights, "There is significant scope, at the
individual and community levels, to avoid wasting energy through changes in
behaviour and improving energy efficiency by implementing appropriate
technological solutions. This must of course all be done alongside a shift
towards use of renewable sources of energy."


    Between now and 2020, decisive actions are required to
scale-up the deployment of a range of technologies, with renewable energy a
major focus. However, many technologies have been made available but are not
yet commercially proven, according to Pachauri.

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