The Shift Project, a Paris-based think-tank on energy transition, is dedicated to tackling the decisive and delicate issues needed to make this transition a success. The exponential development of digital technology, and the way in which this development can interact with the decarbonation objectives of our societies, is one of the most important of these issues. The Shift Project’s members are major business players from diverse sectors. In April 2017 the Shift Project asked Hugues Ferreboeuf to form a working group to collectively reflect on the possibilities of generating synergy between digital and energy transition. The aim: to maximize the positive impact of digital technology on the environment and minimize its negative impacts. In view of the numerous contradictory theses produced on the subject so far, it seemed useful to us to seek to examine all these impacts as objectively as possible, in order to draw up practical and systemic recommendations in line with decarbonation objectives.

The interim report published in March 2018 marked an important step in the process of in-depth analysis and consultation with many people and institutions involved in these issues: it provided a platform for us to enrich our thinking with the comments it will generate. The conclusions and recommendations of the working group are intended for all actors in economic, social and political life, and should help shed light on a key issue for moving towards a sustainable digital society. This report, published in March 2019, is the final version.

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IEA Global EV Output 2018

Book Cover: IEA Global EV Output 2018

The IEA Global Electric Vehicle (EV) Outlook 2018 provides a comprehensive look at the state of EVs, charging infrastructure and policies around the globe today as well as a series of scenario outlooks to 2030. The report found that almost 1 million electric vehicles were sold in 2017, a new record, which saw an expansion of more than 50% from 2016. Almost half the vehicles sold were in China, and along with Norway, Iceland and a few other countries the EV market is still largely dependent on a select few countries. Public infrastructure has still ways to go before EVs become a viable option on the roads of most countries, as of now people are forced to charge their vehicles at work or at home. 
The report highlights the fact that with the advancements in battery technology, the costs have seen a massive drop. But with the faster adoption, the demand for materials like lithium and cobalt will increase. And to sustain the EV push, this demand will have to be continuously met. The report ends with the prediction that the number of electric cars on the roads could reach 125 million by 2030 under the IEA’s New Policies Scenario. But with rising ambitions and proper execution the number of electric cars on the road could be as high as 220 million in 2030.

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