Climate & Energy Equity

Project description

Energy is the foundation of sustainability if its environmental impact can be minimized. Climate change is the result of failing to consider and minimize this impact.

This transdisciplinary project was led by The Elk Coast Institute in a series of working group discussions and a final summit.

The aim was to develop a framework to address the nexus of energy equity and climate change.

I contributed to the government working group report. We observed that:

  1. The cost of renewable energies has decreased significantly while deployment has increased.

  2. Renewable energies offer a decentralized, modular, simple-to-install, and scalable technology. Renewable energies can transform our relationship to energy because it allows for local production.

  3. The development of a Renewable Energy and Materials Economy (REME) which uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen and capture atmospheric carbon dioxide to form synthetic hydrocarbons. These synthetic hydrocarbons can then replace all fossil-based hydrocarbons used for materials and fuels.

  4. Renewable energies and REME offer the opportunity for a bottom-up transformation.

  5. Transitioning to renewables and REME will take government action and leadership, as well as cooperation with business and philanthropy.

  6. Universal adoption and fair licensing are critical.