The current transition to renewable energy, and perhaps other types of sustainable energy, is largely driven by the recognition that global carbon emissions must be drastically reduced, to keep global warming below 1.5 °C.
The term energy transition describes the move from an economy based on fossil fuels towards sustainability through increased integration of renewable energy in daily life. Such energy and environmental evolution will be enabled by policy frameworks and market instruments, accelerated by digitalization.
Digital technologies will in fact make energy systems around the world more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Conversely, digitalization is also changing markets, businesses and employment: new models are emerging, while some conventional ones are phasing out.
The overall objective of this volume is to provide a view on available, up-to-date evidence on positive and negative environmental effects of the energy and digital transformation in a holistic way and the opportunities for new technology to drive innovation.
The focus is on energy, GHG aspects, climate/human related risks, and how digitalization could create significant advantages while accelerating the transition.
David Bogle, Flavio Manenti, Piero Salatino (Guest Editors)