Forward Thinking: What Would a Sustainable World Look Like?

Will technology make our energy and transportation habits obsolete?

Forward Thinking: A Sustainable World

We've relied on fossil fuels for generations.

Every day, nearly 100 million barrels of oil are used around the world. In 2014, fossil fuels still accounted for 85% of our global energy consumption.

But the volatility in oil prices and the devastating impact of carbon dioxide emissions on climate change and pollution have made us rethink our strategy towards greener technologies.

The economics of renewables are supporting this dramatic energy transition. In the last five years, solar prices have plunged about 75%, while wind energy has become 25% cheaper.

While enough sun falls on the surface of the earth in one hour to power the entire planet for one year, storing energy at night remains a technological challenge.

One country wants to be at the center of this revolution. On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco has just switched on the world's largest solar power plant. When completed, the gigantic Noor project will provide solar energy for 2 million people.

Transportation is also undergoing the biggest transformation since we transitioned from horses to cars. Vehicles will go from fossil fuels to electric, from human-driven to automated, and from car ownership to car-sharing. We may see the end of the automotive industry as we know it.

Will the technology disruption be enough to irreversibly change our energy mix? Are we on the verge of an energy revolution?


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