Zero Carbon Britain

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

New Zero Carbon Britain report out now!

Our latest report, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency, is out now.

Incorporating work from the last 12 years of Zero Carbon Britain research and the latest scientific and technological developments, the report presents a technically feasible scenario showcasing a future Zero Carbon Britain using only proven technology.

Click here to read the report

Check out our social media pack and help share climate solutions 

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, solutions-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 Hub and Innovation Lab

A new Zero Carbon Britain Hub and Innovation Lab has been launched at CAT later to help communities, local authorities and policymakers to create Zero Carbon Action Plans, and to provide support for the development of innovative solutions.

Read more here


Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency

Building on the groundwork laid by the Zero Carbon Britain project over the last 12 years, this report incorporates the very latest developments in science and technology to show that we can create a zero carbon Britain using only proven technology.

This report shows a positive, technically feasible scenario that aims to stimulate debate and catalyse action across all areas of society.

Published 2019

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.

Zero Carbon Britain: Live online

New online Zero Carbon Britain course exploring climate solutions – the science says we must, the technology says we can, time to say we will!

Learn how, skill up and connect with others in this field, all from your own home.

Next available dates: 23 to 24 September 2020

Zero Carbon Britain - short course

This course offers an in-depth look at CAT’s flagship research project, Zero Carbon Britain, exploring the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge.

Social media pack

To coincide with the release of our latest report, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency, we have created some useful resources on climate solutions for sharing on social media.

We need a UK-wide Climate Emergency Action Plan

We face the gravest threats in human history.

Please sign our petition calling on the UK and devolved governments to produce an urgent Emergency Climate Action Plan.

Get Involved

CAT’s mission is to inspire changemakers to take action for a sustainable future. Find out how you can get involved and become part of the change.