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Zero Carbon Britain research reports include: a technical scenario modelling energy and land-use; a summary of low- and zero-carbon case studies from around the world; an exploring of the cultural, social and political barriers to change and how these can be overcome; and an in-depth look at food and diets.

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

This technical scenario report integrates original detailed research on managing the variability in supply and demand of a 100% renewable energy system, and on balancing our land use requirements to provide a healthy low carbon diet.

"Zero Carbon Britain shows that the solutions to our problems do exist... Not only is this essential for a sustainable future but vital for our sense of wellbeing." – Joan Walley, former MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group

Published 2013.

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen

Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen explores the barriers to getting to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and how these can be overcome.

Working within an interdisciplinary framework, the report brings together thinking from researchers working in psychology, sociology, political science, and economics, as well as faith and spiritual practice, arts and culture.

Drawing on a wide range of peer-reviewed articles, books and reports, as well as real-life projects, it explores ways that we can overcome barriers in innovative ways.

Published 2017.

Raising Ambition: Zero Carbon Scenarios from Across the Globe

Raising Ambition brings together an international range of scenarios exploring climate-stable futures at global, regional, national and sub-national scales.

It collects and highlights the work of hundreds of people around the world who have developed snapshots and deep visions of possible futures.

From Tanzania to Los Angeles, South Asia to the Baltic, it offers an in-depth look at 18 case studies of scenarios, drawn from 130 scenarios modelling net zero, deep decarbonisation, and up to 100% renewable energy.

Published 2018.

People, Plate and Planet

This report adapts the model developed for the scenario in Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future. It details the impact of various dietary choices on health, greenhouse gas emissions and land use, exploring the differences between high meat, meat reducing, vegan, vegetarian and other diets.

Published 2014.

Zero Carbon Britain 2030: A New Energy Strategy

Published in 2010, this was the first report to integrate land use to address emissions not related to energy. It made a strong economic and employment case to assist decision makers in a post-economic-crash environment.

"Zero Carbon Britain has allowed us to open up crucial conversations with government, Parliament, and the business world about Britain's energy future."

Catherine Martin, Co-ordinator, All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, 2008-2011.

Published 2010.

Zero Carbon Britain: An Alternative Energy Strategy

The first Zero Carbon Britain report was published after a series of expert consultations, in order to improve the national energy debate. It was launched in 2007 as the need for more urgent action on climate change, fossil fuel depletion and inequality became increasingly clear.

Shortly after its release, the Liberal Democrats launched their own energy policy: 'Zero Carbon Britain – Taking a Global Lead'.

"These proposals were largely inspired by the Welsh based Centre for Alternative Technology and I would like to thank them for the ground-breaking work." – Lembit Opik, then Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise. Published 2007.

An Alternative Energy Strategy for the UK

The Zero Carbon Britain project was inspired by earlier work from CAT – the very first Alternative Energy Strategy for the UK, published in 1977.

The first report on energy published by CAT, it was based on the first five years of testing and developing new technologies and practical solutions at the centre.

Sixteen copies were delivered to Tony Benn's Ministry of Energy. The report showed a radical alternative to the official energy strategy of the time where demand was expected to grow year-on-year, fuelled by North Sea oil reserves and the promise of nuclear power.

Published 1977.

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