Meeting the challenge
Addressing climate change must be an urgent global priority. To change course, the world must act quickly to decarbonize every aspect of modern life, from transportation to power. This requires a global effort built on cooperation and coordination from every major institution, government, and company to face and meet the challenge.
SPEED AND SCALE
A powerful combination
GE knows that the power sector serves as a model for other industries and the rest of the world. We believe that lower-carbon solutions, such as renewable energy supported by gas power, can contribute to a more decarbonized energy future. Their complementary nature offers tremendous potential to help cutting carbon emissions with the speed and scale the world requires.
BUILDING TOWARDS ZERO
Fuel for the future
When it comes to gas power, in the near term, coal-to-gas switching represents a fast and effective win for emissions reduction in many regions around the world. In the longer term, switching turbines from natural gas to hydrogen, and introducing carbon capture solutions, can lead to low or near zero carbon emissions.
GE offers the industry’s most experienced gas turbine fleet in hydrogen and similar low-BTU fuel operations, with more than six million operating hours in decades of use across more than 75 gas turbines. And we continue to invest in research and development into hydrogen and carbon capture technologies in close partnership with GE’s Global Research Center—to help further advance a low or near-zero carbon footprint for gas power.
The inherent trilemma
More power, less emissions
Our position on decarbonization takes into account the “trilemma” facing every country when it comes to the future of energy: simultaneously balancing affordability, reliability, and sustainability. Depending on the level of economic development in each country, the solution to the trilemma looks different. We offer customized technology that supports decarbonization across the mix of energy sources unique to each grid. Our world-record-holding high efficiency gas turbines and upgrade solutions, fast and flexible aeroderivatives and tailor-made studies by our Energy Consulting team can make a more universal decarbonization of the energy system possible and easier.
Collaborating for success
In 2020, GE signed several agreements highlighting the role of gas in decarbonizing the electricity industry. We joined the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a joint, five-year initiative of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); we are cooperating with Uniper to produce a detailed roadmap towards decarbonization in Europe, and together with Long Ridge Energy Terminal in the US, we are working to build the first hydrogen-burning H-class power plant in the world.
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Take a deeper dive into decarbonization
Together, renewables and natural gas will drive our clean energy future. And no one is better prepared to deliver that future than GE. Through our reach. Our knowledge. Our commitment. To building a more sustainable world. A cleaner world. A better world. A world that works for all of us. Take a look at how we are building a pathway to zero emissions.
Wondering how we’re thinking the future of energy and making plans for decarbonization? Get an inside look—or rather, an inside listen, with our newest podcast “Cutting Carbon” featuring Dr. Jeffrey Goldmeer and Brian Gutknecht.
GE believes the accelerated and strategic deployment of renewables and gas power can change the near-term trajectory for climate change and make substantive reductions in emissions quickly. Neither gas power nor renewables are as effective alone at decarbonization at the pace and scale needed to avoid raising average global temperatures by less than 2°C as outlined in the COP 21 Paris Agreement.