Shell scenarios show that the rate of electrification of the energy system needs to triple over the coming years to achieve the Paris goals. This is a much more challenging task than most people realize, writes David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor for Shell. One of the important changes that needs to take place in the global energy system as it heads towards much lower emissions is electrification. This is the increasing use of electricity as final energy (i.e. the energy we all use to deliver services) rather than fossil fuels, such as natural gas for cooking and gasoline for mobility.According to the IEA, electricity made up nearly 19% of final energy use in 2015, with the bulk of the 81% that isn’t electricity being oil products, natural gas, coal and biomass. The Shell scenario work on a net zero emissions world indicates that electricity should exceed 50% of final energy use.
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