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Sustainable2050

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Building Common Futures,
a new energy transition consultancy.
35+ years of experience in the energy transition.
Posting here on energy, climate &more
100% renewable energy globally by 2050 is possible!
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janrosenow, to random
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Long-durational thermal storage is coming.

The world's largest thermal storage project is underway in Finland with a capacity of 90 GWh, enough to meet the heating demands of a medium-sized city for up to a year.

https://newatlas.com/energy/varanto-seasonal-thermal-energy-storage/

Sustainable2050,
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@janrosenow It's great, but define "medium-sized city". 90 GWh would be the annual heating demand of 9,000 homes = 20,000 people?

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Globally, March 2024 was:
• 0.73°C warmer than the 1991-2020 average for March
• the warmest March on record, 0.10°C warmer than March 2016, the previous warmest March
• 1.68°C warmer than an estimate of the pre-industrial average for 1850-1900
https://climate.copernicus.eu/surface-air-temperature-march-2024
#globalwarming #ClimateChange

Sustainable2050,
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June 2023 was the warmest June on record.
July 2023 was the warmest July on record.
August 2023 was the warmest August on record.
Sept 2023 was the warmest September on record.
Oct 2023 was the warmest October on record.
November 2023 was the warmest November on record.
December 2023 was the warmest December on record.
January 2024 was the warmest January on record.
February 2024 was the warmest February on record.
March 2024 was the warmest March on record.

I'm starting to see a pattern here.

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Overheard in Dutch train, in loud phone discussion on various friends having their wedding parties abroad: "X organized his 21 party at his parents' home in Monaco. They arranged and paid for flights of all of us. I never drank so much beer on a short flight."
Oh dear climate...
#ClimateChange #flyless

Sustainable2050, to Hydrogen
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On my way to Brussels, for a @GIEBrussels workshop on the need for hydrogen storage.
The Dutch don't like early trains, I think ;)
https://www.gie.eu/event/fulfilling-underground-h2-storage-needs-in-the-eu-energy-system/
#energytransition #hydrogen #EnergyStorage

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Spectacular climate news: EU-ETS emissions decreased by 15.5% in 2023, compared to 2022 levels!
Electricity emissions -24% (more renewables, less fossil)
Industry emissions -7% (less output + efficiency gains)
Aviation emissions +10%
https://climate.ec.europa.eu/news-your-voice/news/record-reduction-2023-ets-emissions-due-largely-boost-renewable-energy-2024-04-03_en

Sustainable2050,
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"With this development, ETS emissions are now around 47% below 2005 levels and well on track to achieve the 2030 target of -62%."
ETS emissions (mainly industry, electricity, intra-EU aviation) cover over half of total EU emissions. Buildings and road transport are not in the ETS (= Emissions Trading System)

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Another big jump in atmospheric CO₂ at Mauna Loa!
Based on daily values, the March average was 425.3-425.4 ppm, that's 4.3-4.4 ppm higher than last year. Very unusual. Could still be partly due to El Niño.

Sustainable2050,
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Another view on the same data, showing a little more than a year, with its seasonal swing, and the underlying increase. Compare March to March!

Sustainable2050, to climate
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This was the warmest March on record here in the Netherlands:
Average temperature 8.9°C.
That's 2.4°C warmer than the (already warmed) 1991-2020 average, and 3.7⁰C warmer than the (already warmed) 20th century average.

It was 0.7°C warmer than the 20th century April average!

#globalwarming #ClimateChange

Sustainable2050, to Ukraine
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War a real threat and Europe not ready, warns Poland's PM Tusk
He revealed that Spain's PM, Pedro Sánchez, had asked fellow EU leaders to stop using the word "war" in summit statements, because people did not want to feel threatened. Mr Tusk said he had replied that in his part of Europe, war was no longer an abstract idea.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68692195
#Ukraine

Sustainable2050, to random
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Russia paid hundreds of thousands of Euros to politicians in the Netherlands, German, Belgium, Hungary, France, and Poland.
Pro-Russia interviews via Voice of Europe station with Dutch Baudet, Belgian Dewinter and others.
Trying to influence European elections in June.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/03/27/czechs-bust-major-russian-propaganda-network-a84656

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Galicia, Spain, today.
Normal high for March is 15⁰C.
For July, it's perhaps 25⁰C.
Today, it was 33.2⁰C in Evega (update by @extretemps on the birdsite)

Sustainable2050, to random
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On the final stretch of my 2,700 km train trip to Madrid and the WindEurope annual event in Bilbao!
Visited a client in Madrid, saw the beautiful cities of Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Madrid, and got quite some work done.
Ready now for 3 buzzing days with 12,000 renewable energy professionals in Bilbao, and a nice train trip back to Utrecht, and the Common Futures HQ ;!

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Zaragoza square in the evening

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Dutch greenhouse gas #emissions down by 6% last year, to 34% below their 1990 level!
Emissions from electricity generation down 22% year-on-year thanks to more renewable, less fossil electricity.
Transport emissions up by 9% due to growth in aviation. https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2024/11/greenhouse-gas-emissions-6-percent-lower-in-2023?sc_lang=nl-nl&sc_itemid=49a79789-2419-4166-853c-393adf0b07a1
#emissionreduction #ClimateChange

Sustainable2050, to Ukraine
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Often we don't get to see this news anymore. Sometimes we ignore it. But it's happening every week, in Europe.

The EU needs to stop exports of components for weapons 'to Central-Asia', which end up in Russia and its arms industry, and then on Ukrainian citizens.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/missile-hits-apartment-building-kryvyi-rih-two-dead-ukrainian-president-says-2024-03-12/ #ukraine

Sustainable2050, to Ukraine
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Sustainable2050, to random
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Nearly half the electricity produced in the Netherlands was renewable in 2023 (and over half by now). https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2024/10/nearly-half-the-electricity-produced-in-the-netherlands-is-now-renewable
#renewables #electricity #energytransition

Sustainable2050, to random
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Wind and solar produced over 20 GW in the Netherlands yesterday afternoon; that was 135% of national electricity demand at that time!

Sustainable2050, to solar
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Solar PV capacity still chugging along at +4 GW/year in the Netherlands, reaching 24 GW by end-2023. That's 1.35 kW per inhabitant, and way above the national peak demand (~18 GW)
Fed by generous government support, including continued net metering for residential systems.

Graph by @BM_Visser on the birdsite.

Sustainable2050, to climate
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February 2024 was the warmest February on record globally, with an average surface air temperature 0.81°C above the already warmed 1991-2020 average for February. The month was 1.77°C warmer than an estimate of the February average for 1850-1900.
#globalwarming #ClimateChange

Sustainable2050,
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June 2023 was the warmest June on record.
July 2023 was the warmest July on record.
August 2023 was the warmest August on record.
September 2023 was the warmest September on record.
October 2023 was the warmest October on record.
November 2023 was the warmest November on record.
December 2023 was the warmest December on record.
January 2024 was the warmest January on record.
And now February 2024 was the warmest February on record.

I'm starting to see a pattern here.

#ClimateChange

Sustainable2050, to climate
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Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa made a huge year-on-year jump in February!
+4.25 ppm to over 424.5 ppm.

#co2 #emissions #ClimateChange

Sustainable2050, to climate
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High atmospheric CO₂ concentration last month:
Based on daily values, the Mauna Loa average for February was 424.5-424.7 ppm*. That's 4.2-4.4 ppm higher than last year; a big jump!

Already exceeded last year's May peak, so highest in 14 million years.

*) some gaps in the data

Sustainable2050,
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I learned from Katharine Hayhoe that it's the highest CO2 concentration since around 15 million years. According to this article, it's 14 million years, so I stayed on the safe side:
https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2023/12/07/a-new-66-million-year-history-of-carbon-dioxide-offers-little-comfort-for-today/

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