WIT Press

On the need for a global engineering initiative to mitigate climate change

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EQ-V1-N2-155-162

Volume

Volume 1 (2016), Issue 2

Pages

7

Page Range

155 - 162

Author(s)

MAX F. PLATZER

Abstract

There is growing scientific evidence that the continued emission of greenhouse gases will eventually lead to catastrophic irreversible climate change and that, therefore, a global effort needs to be started to transition to a fully renewable economy. In this article, the engineering challenges of converting to emission-free power generation are reviewed and the feasibility of two proposed solutions, i.e. the ‘wind–water–solar’ and the ‘energy ship’ proposals, are discussed. It is concluded that a well-conceived and executed engineering effort needs to be initiated and guided by a Global Engineering Council for the purpose of examining and ranking various proposals and making specific recommendations.

Keywords

climate change, climate mitigation, emission-free power generation, renewable energy, wind power