Zero Carbon Britain

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research project shows that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.

Why do we need net-zero emissions?

The UN Paris Agreement demands that humanity must reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century. This is a big shift, but we have no option other than to succeed if we are to avoid really dangerous climate change.

Evidence-based solutions

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project offers the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science. It helps to reduce fear and misunderstandings and open new, positive, solution-focused conversations.

Our integrated approach explores all aspects of climate solutions, from renewable energy and energy efficiency to diets and land-use, looking at how these can work together to help us build a zero carbon world.

We explore the technical, cultural, social, economic and political landscapes – looking at ways of overcoming barriers to change.

Key reports include: “Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future; an exploration of the cultural and social barriers to change” a technical scenario that shows how we can reach zero emissions , “Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen” and “Raising Ambition: Zero Carbon Scenarios from Across the Globe” a summary of zero- and low-carbon models from around the world.

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

How can we reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions using technology available today? This technically robust scenario integrates new research in two key areas – ‘keeping the lights on’ with a variable renewable energy supply, and ‘feeding ourselves properly’ on a low-carbon diet. In this report we show that it is possible for the UK to meet the challenge of climate change.

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen

Rather than an unresolved technical challenge, it is increasingly accepted that we must overcome a mix of political, cultural and psychological barriers. This report investigates how we can overcome them, linking up insights from research with examples and stories from individuals and organisations that are living the changes we need to see.

Raising Ambition: Zero Carbon Scenarios from Across the Globe

Our latest report brings together an international range of scenarios exploring climate-stable futures at global, regional, national and sub-national scales. It offers an in-depth look at 18 case studies, drawn from 130 scenarios modelling net zero, deep decarbonisation, and up to 100% renewable energy.

All Reports

Our Zero Carbon Britain reports are all solution focused and explore the potential barriers to achieving a zero carbon Britain and how these can be overcome.

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