The ongoing energy transition is mainly driven by reductions in the cost of wind and solar energy, and political efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although substantial deployment of variable renewable energy (VRE) is an important part of the overall transformation, rapid changes in the energy mix may pose challenges to the resilience of the electricity grid, particularly in times of weather-related stress. As fossil generation capacity is being retired and replaced by VRE generation, it raises the important question of how to maintain the stability and reliability of future energy supply.

Although climate and energy policies are still largely focussed on electricity, most of the energy is used for heating, cooling, and transport. These sectors have remained deeply reliant on fossil fuels and significant decarbonisation efforts are needed to ensure that the overall emission pledges of the Paris Accord can be met. In addition to sector-specific measures, it is essential to recognise the links between electricity, heat and transport and exploit synergies so that these sectors will support each other’s in the effort to decarbonise.

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Article on system integration and circular bioeconomy

What exactly did Aristotle mean by “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”? This latest article reveals the pertinence of this question for circular bioeconomy planning. This is another important result of Task 40 Bioeconomy Synergies activity within the Task...

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Implementation of flexible bioenergy in different countries

Status quo of implementation, barriers and policy framework Task 44 publication on activity WP3 – Acceleration of flexible bioenergy concepts implementation In energy systems with increasing share of variable energy sources like solar and wind, bioenergy has an...

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