Our economic system is based on carbon: How much longer?
In the themed booklet "Carbon dioxide, biomass and renewable electricity – resources of a new carbon economy?" we discuss aspects of a transformation of today's carbon-based economic system. In doing so, we examine the question of whether our economy will have to do without natural gas, oil and coal in the future.
At the latest since the 1970s, when the Club of Rome with its "Limits to Growth" pointed to the finite availability of fossil (energy) resources, science, society, politics and the economy have been preoccupied with the question of whether a situation can arise in the future in which our economy will have to do without natural gas, oil and coal.
In the meantime, forecasts assume that fossil fuels, especially coal, will continue to be available for some time to come. However, climate change raises the question of alternatives for carbonaceous raw materials in a different form and has to be reassessed.