It is over two years since I first read the book ‘Sustainable Energy without the hot air‘ by Prof. David Mackay (Available for free download) and I din’t expect that I would get an opportunity to listen to his talk and today it just happened. Prof David Mackay spoke on the topic ‘Energy Arithmetic’ drawing on from his work and the book on how the climate change problem should be addressed.
In this talk Prof. Mackay stressed on the need to limit the global energy temperatures and cut down the emissions. In addition to his now famous energy balance calculations in which he calculates the energy need and the energy production capabilities he also spoke about what he calls the “Inconvenient Truths”.
The inconvenient truth
- We got to get the emission rate down from business as usual (if possible get it to zero)
- People are unaware of the scale of action required
- And they are misled by myths
- Low carbon technologies are expensive
- They have front loaded costs
Can we reach the goal?
Prof. Mackay demonstrated a few tools which simulates our energy consumption pattern and predicts the future.
The Global Calculator
And for Indians there is India Energy Security Scenario
And finally what if we miss the targets, any back-up plans??