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Raising the Energy levels for the Energy Transition

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Innovation & Energy Knowledge Provider, Agility Innovation

I work as a transition advocate for innovation, ecosystems, within IIoT, and the energy system as my points of focus. I relate content to context to give greater knowledge and build the...

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  • Jan 24, 2023

In the past week the Davos World Economic Forum has been on, where thousands gather to listen, explore, make contact and generally gather the mood of the Worlds economic climate over the coming year. The sessions are highly valuable to be selective over but listen into.

Over this weekend, I spent a fair amount of reading time working through the World Economic Forum to remind me of this incredible source of knowledge across many world issues and challenges. I think this is not an event to miss when you cut through all the negatives surrounding Davos and the “elite” and lucky ones are able to rub shoulders and get a better understanding of thinking and give some degrees of new clarity to individual thinking and their strategic direction from grasping the risks, potentials and value opportunities offered when so many leaders can find time to come together and exchange.

These reports (Whitepapers) are a storehouse of knowledge, facts and suggested actions that need to be taken. The Whitepapers found here cover Climate issues, Green Deal views, Resilience, Circular Transformation, Global Value Chains, Electricity views, Securing the Energy Transition and plenty more.

For me, the weekend focus was on the Energy Transition following on from their recent Davos event and the series of reports co-sponsored with different organizations built up over many years.

The Energy Transition had many sessions within the forum where views could be exchanged.

Al Gore, the former Vice president of the United States, is such a leading figure on Energy, Climate, leading many arguments and providing many solutions to saving our planet.

On one of the Davos panels, “Leading the Charge through Earth’s New Normal” Al Gore was brilliant, passionate, and angry but crystal clear on some of the real barriers and impediments of why we are presently failing to make this Energy Transition.

If nothing else, look at the part of his speech that clearly states our crisis. GO HERE

VP Gore also provided a really fast-moving, extremely interesting session outlining the ability to track and trace Methane Gas to individual sites across the Globe. His talk Real Data: Traceability for Greenhouse Gas Emissions went through how this data is aggregated at facility-level precision and discusses the ongoing data paradigm shift for accountability and transparency, highlighting Climate TRACE’s new dataset of 70,000+ individual sites. The reference site, all free to view and download data is

Climate TRACE is a global non-profit coalition created to make meaningful climate action faster and easier by independently tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with unprecedented detail and speed.

They harness satellite imagery and other forms of remote sensing, artificial intelligence, and collective data science expertise to track human-caused GHG emissions with unprecedented detail and speed.

Climate TRACE’s emissions inventory is the world’s first comprehensive accounting of GHG emissions based primarily on direct, independent observation. Our innovative, open, and accessible approach relies on advances in technology to fill critical knowledge gaps for all decision-makers that rely on the patchwork system of self-reporting that serves as the basis for most existing emissions inventories.

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We make meaningful climate action faster and easier by harnessing technology to track greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with unprecedented detail and speed, delivering relevant information to all parties working to achieve net-zero global emissions.

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The sessions and Whitepapers associated with the World Economic Forum are really recommended to visit and explore.

Just listening to the two Davos sessions I mentioned here, featuring Al Gore, was highly valuable for motivating me to keep attempting to raise awareness and add to the need to raise the urgency within Energy Transition of moving to Clean Energy sources.

We are falling so far behind on this need to switch to renewables, away from Fossil fuels that continue to warm the planet even more today than a few years back. We are losing the battle, and we, as humans, let alone thousands of other species, will suffer constant crises and lose our habitat as we know it. It is a scary place coming towards us faster than you can imagine.

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Matt Chester on Jan 24, 2023

It's going to be compelling to watch what happens with the knowledge gained by this tracking. You can't solve a problem without accurately understanding it, but at the same time data gathered but not acted upon is only a half step. I'm hoping the outcome will be some positive action from many stakeholders and actors

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Paul Hobcraft on Jan 25, 2023

How do you force emitters through the power of evidence? The next step is building expertise in assessing the pathway of changing this. As Methane is a real early win if we can see it and where the emissions are then their needs to be money, incentive and technology change being lined up to show the ability to reduce this.

If we focused on "flaring" alone as a integrated flaring solution  to resolve the issue and NOT have this stuck in islands or pos^ckets of expertise it would make a difference

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