The greenhouse gas emissions caused by our energy system threaten a sustainable future. To overcome this threat, we need to transition towards cleaner energy forms. We have to change nearly everything around us: from the way we heat our homes, to the ways we power our planes and produce our steel. My research focuses on how we can achieve this transition and on the environmental justice implications for people like you and me.

My passion is to establish a symbiotic relationship with our planet and with one another.


An integrated assessment of a low coal low nuclear future energy system for Taiwan

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Energy and Climate Change

Candelaria Bergero, Matthew Binsted, Chia-Wei Chao, Kuei-Tien Chou, Cheng-Cheng Wu, Yang Wei, Brinda Yarlagadda, Haewon C. McJeon

DOI:  10.1016/j.egycc.2020.100022
The goal of this study is to analyze decarbonization pathways for Taiwan, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement: achieving a 2 °C increase by 2100, aiming for 1.5 °C. We use GCAM, an integrated assessment model, in order to evaluate the different implications of decarbonization in this region. We find that, if Taiwan wants to be consistent with Paris’ goals, it needs an aggressive electrification of end-use sectors, a rapid scale-up of renewable energies, as well as increased efficiencies in buildings, transportation and industry. Transportation and industry present greater decarbonization challenges than buildings, and negative emission technologies become crucial. We also identify opportunities where future research would enrich decarbonization analyses for Taiwan.