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Deloitte collaborates with Duke's EDGE Center

Exploring new clean energy pathways

A strategic collaboration to bring insight and thought leadership about the energy transition: The Deloitte Research Center for Energy & Industrials is pleased to collaborate with the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business on a series of co-authored publications focused on clean energy pathways in the energy transition.

A collaboration created to explore new clean energy pathways

Clean energy technologies are increasingly helping society and organizations across sectors tackle the climate crisis and meet global emissions targets. From the promise of hydrogen to the development of a carbon management ecosystem, innovative solutions are opening new avenues for business growth. So how can companies learn more about these game-changing technologies and better identify opportunities to enter the low-carbon economy?

Our co-authored series of publications can help leaders immerse themselves in this evolving space. Select a topic below to gain insights that can help your organization thrive in the cleaner, brighter, and more sustainable future of energy.

Achieving net-zero carbon emissions will require an unprecedented investment in technologies and systems that capture, remove, permanently store, transform for economic value, and transport carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 accounts for 75% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. So, scaling up carbon management could help meet global emissions targets, such as reducing GHG by 43% by 2030.

Meeting these goals will require a complex portfolio of new clean energy strategies. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) along with carbon dioxide removal (CDR) could be critical to meeting this target. While challenges remain, momentum is building across the carbon management ecosystem, with more carbon capture projects planned, more private-sector investments announced in CDR, and more public funding budgeted for CCUS and CDR.



Explore the carbon management ecosystem

In this infographic, you’ll learn how carbon capture and storage is just one component of the developing carbon management ecosystem—and how and where a range of industry players can enter the low-carbon economy to drive sustainability and business growth.

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Building industries that mitigate climate change

We’ve explored the various industries within the carbon management ecosystem, including demand drivers, challenges, emerging business models, and their respective role in climate change mitigation, to clarify key factors for successfully scaling carbon management strategies and systems. Once scaled, the ecosystem will touch all parts of the economy. And as more players enter the space, those companies that are able to develop successful business models could lead the market.

The imperative for carbon management

There’s a great deal of current enthusiasm about the prospects for hydrogen—especially when it comes to reducing emissions across the global economy—and it’s easy to see why. Hydrogen is clean, energy-dense, and available, and it could complement other renewable energy sources. But why the surge in interest now when hydrogen has been used in many applications for decades? And what are the very real challenges involved in integrating hydrogen into the United States and the global economy and infrastructure?

Get answers to these questions and gain additional insights by exploring our perspectives on the promise of the hydrogen economy below.

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Podcast: Exploring the demand for green hydrogen

In this episode of the Fueling the Future series, we explore the demand for green hydrogen with guest speaker Janice Lin. Janice is the founder and president of the Green Hydrogen Coalition, as well as founder and CEO of Strategen. She’s also a key architect of HyDeal Los Angeles, a vision to make Los Angeles North America’s first green hydrogen industrial hub at scale.

We discuss what industries hydrogen is most suited for, where to anticipate growth, and who the various stakeholders are. What are the most important next steps for green hydrogen to mature into a thriving industry?

Article: Transmission of hydrogen for commercial consumption in the United States

Hydrogen has the potential to play a much larger role in the US energy mix as we move toward a lower-carbon future, and promising areas for increased use of hydrogen are in industrial applications and heavy transportation. A key requirement for the growth of hydrogen is efficient, safe, and cost-effective transport from producer to end user. This article explores the current extent of US hydrogen and natural gas pipeline infrastructure and provides a perspective on the technical, regulatory, safety, and economic factors that are likely to influence the pace and approach to expanding US hydrogen transmission capacity. It also considers the role that midstream companies may play in expanding hydrogen pipeline capacity and looks at key factors they may consider as they weigh investments in hydrogen.

Hydrogen infrastructure

Podcast: Hydrogen and the decarbonization puzzle

In this episode of the Fueling the Future series, we explore the role of hydrogen as part of the energy transition. Since there’s recent interest and enthusiasm about hydrogen, especially for its use to reduce emissions, we discuss the value proposition of green hydrogen. What energy challenges can green hydrogen solve? What hurdles must be overcome to capture this opportunity? What are the most exciting current global examples?

Acknowledgments

Our publications were made possible with the help of several colleagues we would like to recognize:

Kacey Katzenmeyer and Mike Shearer of Duke University for their support of the podcast episode, “Exploring the demand for green hydrogen.”

Adam Samazin and Jay Shannon of Deloitte Consulting LLP for their contributions to the article, “Transmission of hydrogen for commercial consumption in the United States.”

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Get in touch

Kate Hardin
Executive Director
Deloitte Research Center for Energy & Industrials
Deloitte Services LP
khardin@deloitte.com

Daniel Vermeer, PhD
Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy & Environment
and Executive Director, Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE)
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
daniel.vermeer@duke.edu

 

Nichelle McLemore
Managing Director
Oil, Gas & Chemicals
Deloitte Services LP
EDGE Advisory Board member
nichellemclemore@deloitte.com

 

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