I came across three interesting reports this week:
- Richard Heinberg reports on the Global Public Media blog that the German Energy Watch group is about to publish a very worrying report on the future of coal world coal reserves. According the the energy experts of the group, global coal reserves are much smaller than generally expected. They estimate that coal production will peak within the next ten to fifteen years. A more positive though also sometimes critical study on the future of coal was recently published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- The Research Service of the American Congress published a very balanced evaluation of the opportunities and challenges of the ethanol and biofuels market in the US.
- Last but not least, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development published “Policy Directions to 2050”, exploring policy ideas and concepts for the necessary transition to a low greenhouse gas economy.