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Gas flares: Wasted energy and mass emissions

2. December 2022
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Since Russia stopped its natural gas supplies to Europe, it has been flaring large quantities of gas. This is only one, but particularly irritating, facet of the unfortunately widespread problem. For the mass burning of “superfluous” gas is common practice in oil and gas production. There are about 10,000 flares worldwide with an annual exhaust […]

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Biofuels from vegetable oils: New GES paper

4. November 2022

Hydrogenated vegetable oils are considered the new generation of biofuels. Unlike biofuels produced from rapeseed or maize, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (HVO) do not compete with food production (plate-tank problem). After all, they are produced from waste materials such as cooking oil residues. The global market for used oils and fats ranges between 50 and 80 […]

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Climate neutrality for the global fleet of cars and trucks: it won’t work without e-fuels

4. November 2022
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From 2035 on, only new cars that do not emit greenhouse gases are to be sold in the European Union. Electric cars are thus set and the use of e-fuels is being examined. From GES’ point of view, not only a European but also a global solution is needed. E-fuels are an important building block […]

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Do resource bottlenecks endanger the energy transition?

7. October 2022
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An electric motor requires different raw materials than a combustion engine: for example, rare earths for powerful magnets. In order to generate and use energy, the global energy transition requires a significantly different raw material base than the fossil age. The transition may lead to a wide variety of supply bottlenecks in the coming years. […]

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New GES factsheet: Climate-friendly steel

2. September 2022
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An excerpt: The fixation on green hydrogen in steel production could get Germany’s industry into serious trouble. Discussing a climate-friendly steel industry, GES recommends considering CO2-elimination pathways other than direct reduction with hydrogen. Especially on an international level, supplementing the existing blast furnace route with CCS or CCU seems to be a promising path. This […]

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Synthetic fuels indispensable. New position paper from GES

5. August 2022
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An excerpt: Synthetic fuels based on low carbon H2 form a third pillar of any viable solution to the world’s future energy and climate problems, alongside climate-friendly electricity and climate-friendly hydrogen. They are of great importance to climate-neutral mobility in the future. Such fuels have great advantages in terms of transportability, storage capacity and use […]

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The “hypocrisy” of the rich countries

5. August 2022
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In the paper, GES board members Prof. Dr. Estelle Herlyn and Prof. Dr. Franz Josef Radermacher criticise Western countries that want to dictate their energy policies to developing and emerging countries – in the sense of renewables-only, but at the same time call on various African states to supply more oil and gas to Europe. […]

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On the debate about a ban on new cars with combustion engines

1. July 2022
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According to the current will of the EU Parliament, no more passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with combustion engines may be sold in the European Union from 2035 onwards – which practically is equivalent to a ban. The environment ministers of the EU countries, on the other hand, recently spoke of climate-neutral new cars, […]

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New GES factsheet: Transport of hydrogen

1. July 2022
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The conclusion: For the desired climate neutrality, Europe will have to import considerable shares of the required energy in the future as well. For distances of a few thousand kilometres, converted or new pipelines will play an important role. Because of the very large energy demand, however, transport as a derivative will also become important […]

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What is green hydrogen for the EU?

1. July 2022
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The EU wants to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 55 percent by 2030 (Fit for 55). Electrolysis hydrogen and renewable fuels play a major role in this. A vote is currently underway on the question of how and under what circumstances these substances may be produced and transported in order to be considered […]

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