The core of the global warming problem: energy

Hu, Eric 2005, The core of the global warming problem: energy, International journal of global energy issues, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 354-359.

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Title The core of the global warming problem: energy
Author(s) Hu, Eric
Journal name International journal of global energy issues
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 354
End page 359
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication Geneva, Switzerland
Publication date 2005-04-26
ISSN 0954-7118
Keyword(s) global warming
energy measure
CO2 credit
emission trading
greenhouse gas emissions
climate change
energy credit
carbon credit
carbon dioxide
Summary From the thermodynamic point of view, the global warming problem is an ''energy balance'' problem. The heat (energy) accumulation in the earth and its atmosphere is the cause of the global warming. This accumulation is mainly due to the imbalance of (solar) energy reaching and the energy leaving the earth, caused by ''greenhouse effect'' in which the CO2 and other greenhouse gases play a critical role; so that balance of the energy entering and leaving the earth should be the key to solve the problem. Currently in the battle of tackling the global warming, we mainly focus on the development of CO2-related measures, i.e., emission reduction, CO2 sequestration, and CO2 recycle technologies. It is right in technical aspect, because they are attempting thinner the CO2 ''blanket'' around the earth. However, ''Energy'' that is the core of the problem has been overlooked, at least in management/policy aspect. This paper is proposing an ''Energy Credit'' i.e., the energy measure concept as an alternative to the ''CO2 credit'' that is currently in place in the proposed emission trading scheme. The proposed energy credit concept has the advantages such as covering broad activities related to the global warming and not just direct emissions. Three examples are given in the paper to demonstrate the concept of the energy measure and its advantages over the CO2 credit concept.
Language eng
Field of Research 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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