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Erneuerbare Energien im Aufwind: die Sicht eines global agierenden Öl- und Gasunternehmens


  • Ruprecht Brandis


Population and economic growth will lead to additional energy demand in the coming decades. Consumption increase in the period to 2030 has to and will be met mainly by fossil fuels. There is enough oil and gas for the rest of the century. The challenge is to avoid the imminent growth of CO2 emissions that would be the result of more demand on fossil fuels. Renewable energies gain continuously importance and should be supported as long as that is economically justified and the technological potential of each renewable energy source offer is taken into consideration. However, renewable energies will only reach a significant share of the energy supply by mid of the century. In ten years time CO2 emissions will probably have a price worldwide. Renewable energies and low carbon technologies like CO2 sequestration gain new incentives and open new business opportunities with promising returns on investment. Bevölkerungszuwachs und Wirtschaftswachstum werden in den kommenden Jahrzehnten die Energienachfrage weiter ansteigen lassen. Die Verbrauchszuwächse bis 2030 können und müssen weitgehend mit fossilen Energien abgedeckt werden. Es gibt genügend Gas und Öl für den Rest des Jahrhunderts. Die Herausforderung liegt darin, den damit drohenden weiteren Anstieg der CO2-Emissionen zu verhindern. Erneuerbare Energien gewinnen kontinuierlich an Bedeutung und sollten in wirtschaftlich und wettbewerblich vertretbarer Weise ausgebaut werden. Sie werden allerdings erst zur Jahrhundertmitte einen signifikanten Beitrag zur Energieversorgung leisten können. CO2-Emissionen dürften weltweit in etwa zehn Jahren einen Preis haben. Erneuerbare Energien und CO2-sparende Technologien wie die CO2-Sequestration erhalten damit Anreize und eröffnen neue Geschäftsfelder mit attraktiven Rendite-Erwartungen.

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  • Ruprecht Brandis, 2007. "Erneuerbare Energien im Aufwind: die Sicht eines global agierenden Öl- und Gasunternehmens," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 76(1), pages 152-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwvjh:76-1-12

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    Renewable energy; alternative energy; innovative energy technologies; energy demand and supply; government policy;

    JEL classification:

    • Q41 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation


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