17 Febbraio 2023

5 spunti per approfondire (settimana 7/2023)


La rubrica settimanale con i consigli di lettura di RivistaEnergia.it, dall’Europa e dal mondo. Forse non le notizie più eclatanti, ma proprio per questo interessanti da approfondire. Settimana 7/2023

“Despite coal prices coming off their recent high, the fuel’s resurgence — and the record profits miners are making — is deepening the debate among investors over the approach they should take to the fossil fuel. Coal is the single biggest contributor to carbon-dioxide emissions from the energy sector. Many say owning coal stocks undermines efforts to combat climate change, and some have exited the commodity entirely. Others argue that the shift to green energy will take decades and that coal is an essential fuel during that process.”

Coal’s comeback pays off for hedge funds
Articolo – Financial Times

OPEC’s top official urged countries to invest much more in oil to meet the world’s future energy needs and said climate policies need to be more “balanced and fair.” “It is imperative that all parties involved in the ongoing climate negotiations pause for a moment; look at the big picture,” Haitham Al-Ghais, secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said Sunday at an energy conference in Cairo. They must “work towards an energy transition that is orderly, inclusive and helps ensure energy security for all.”

OPEC Chief Tells Climate Activists to ‘Look at the Big Picture’

Articolo – Bloomberg

“This discovery could draw dominance away from the “lithium triangle”, made up of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Approximately, 75% of the world’s lithium supply lies beneath the salt flats of these three nations. The Indian government has celebrated the discovery as part of president Modi’s movement towards “aatmanirbhar”, a slogan roughly translating to “self-reliance”. While lithium is associated with efforts towards carbon neutrality, experts have cautioned against the environmental impacts of the mine itself. The Himalayan region between Jammu and Kashmir is an eco-sensitive region, mining could lead to a loss of biodiversity. Ecologically sensitive zones are designated by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change in India. In these areas, often surrounding national parks, commercial activities are restricted to ensure their protection.”

India announces discovery of 5.9 million tonnes of lithium
Articolo – Mining Technology

“The huge energy crisis has sharpened consumers’ fears about costs and disruptions of the electricity supply. There is no one solution that will fit the needs of each and every country. However, change is needed and must not be feared. It’s time to “think different,” as Steve Jobs loved to say when designing its innovative products years ago. The European energy transition is the most innovative policy product in the world. The aim of a reliable, secure, cost-effective system requires Poland and the EU to think differently and act now.“

Electricity market design: one size won’t fit all 
Op-ed – Euractiv

“This paper contributes to the understanding of inequality in residential natural gas expenditures and related public policies in several ways. First, we expand the literature on the inequality of energy expenditure by using a detailed survey module from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) containing detailed information on gas expenditures by source in 2015 and 2020. To the best of our knowledge, this data source has not previously been used to analyze the inequality of gas expenditures. In addition to previous analyses of factors affecting heating expenditure, we make use of this detailed, representative micro-data on the natural gas expenditures of German households to show that differences in household and building characteristics contribute to the inequality in heating costs. Second, the policy analysis investigates the unequal distribution of the effects of the current gas price shock, thereby adding to the understanding of the current energy crisis. Third, we evaluate three short-term policy options and a medium-term policy, i.e., renovation program, in terms of their distributional effect. The shock investigated in this section is of significantly higher magnitude than shocks analyzed in previous papers.

The price of natural gas dependency: Price shocks, inequality, and public policy
Ricerca – Energy Policy

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