No Carbon Nation – pathways to sustainable energy (2014-15)
A primer on the key technical, regulatory and financial drivers of the worldwide transition to zero carbon energy.
Narrator: The Paris Agreement saw 188 nations submit emission reduction goals for the year 2030. However, when added up, those national goals fall short of the science.
Connie Hedegaard: By disseminating the best practices, I think that’s where we need industry to engage even more… Because there are so many good solutions out there, but they are not always very much known.
James Hansen: Well the fundamental difficulty is that fossil fuels are presently the cheapest energy. But they’re cheapest only because they don’t pay for their cost to society. So we should put a tax, a fee, on fossil fuels.
Mark Jaccard: It’s going to be, look you guys, you have an endowment that’s valuable. If we can figure out a way to get that to zero emissions, then let’s do that, or we’ll do renewables, we’ll do whichever one we can do fastest and cheapest, and that gives the best benefit to our jurisdiction.
“One of the best primers on the climate issue I’ve seen.”
“Dense and unrelenting”
“When you have the final cut, I would encourage discussing distribution with the UNFCCC Secretariat communications people.”
“I thought it was really good. Very clear message. Interesting. Need to keep giving the message that this won’t happen without policy.”