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Energy, weather and climate change

The link between energy, society and the global climate is a critical one. The use of fossil fuels is one of the biggest contributors to global warming which, if left unchecked, could have devastating consequences for all of us.

The energy sector is very dependent on the weather and climate. Day-to-day weather and longer-term climate variations influence energy demand and supply in all areas. For example, in agriculture, transport and communication, in water supply and in the built environment.

Consequently, the energy sector is a sophisticated user of weather & climate information and this has given rise to what’s called ‘energy meteorology’. This is the application of weather & climate information to help create more sustainable, resilient and efficient energy systems.

Perhaps most importantly, weather & climate information has big implications for the growth or low carbon renewable energy – which can help bring global warming under control. However, because renewable energy is especially dependent on the weather, it is variable in nature.

But if we know when and where the wind is going to blow and how much the sun will shine, this variability can be reduced and renewables can play an increased role in the overall energy mix.

What’s more, energy meteorology can significantly improve energy efficiency – especially in the energy intensive urban environment.

To find out more about the link between energy and the weather, Business of Weather spoke to Dr. Alberto Troccoli, the managing director of the World Energy & Meteorology Council.

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Prof. Alberto Troccoli - Co-founder and Managing Director of WEMC

Prof. Alberto Troccoli

Prof. Alberto Troccoli

Co-founder and Managing Director of WEMC

With over 25 years of experience in the fields of meteorology and climate, Alberto has more recently been exploring their applications in the energy sector.

His career includes time at several leading institutions such as NASA, ECMWF (UK), the University of Reading (UK) and CSIRO (Australia). In addition, he has published extensively and is also the chief editor and an author of four books: Seasonal Climate: Forecasting and Managing Risk (2008), Management of Weather and Climate Risk in the Energy Industry (2009), Weather Matters for Energy (2014), and the popular Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry (2018). Moreover, he is the main author of the UN-led Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Energy Sector implementation plan and is regularly invited to give international talks on energy and climate.

In the past he has taken the lead in a number of projects and capacity-building activities, particularly in the area of meteorology and energy. His current ventures include the EU H2020 project The Added Value of Seasonal Climate Forecasting for Integrated Risk Management (SECLI-FIRM) project, as well as the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Energy operational and the Educational demo projects. He is also the convener of the International Conference of Energy & Meteorology.

Alberto holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Edinburgh (UK).

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