J12.1 Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation Technologies—a Review of GHG Emissions, Water Use, and Land Use, with a Focus on Oil and Gas Systems (Core Science Keynote)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016: 1:30 PM
Room 356 ( New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Garvin A. Heath, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO

All energy systems impact the environment. Much has been learned about these environmental impacts from decades of research. Through systematic reviews, meta-analysis and original research, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been building knowledge about environmental impacts of both renewable and conventional electricity generation technologies. Evidence for greenhouse gas emissions, water and land use will be reviewed mostly from the perspective of life cycle assessment. Impacts from oil and natural gas systems will be highlighted. Areas of uncertainty and challenge will be discussed as suggestions for future research, as well as career opportunities in this field.

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