We now know our science says ‘we must’. The most recent evidence on climate change reveals a situation more urgent than had been expected, even by those who have been following it closely for decades. To foster international agreement to peak global emissions before 2017 and reduce to 80% by 2050, we must also make the point that the technology says ‘we can’.
There is great pressure for global leaders to make bold commitments to de-carbonisation, but there are also an increasing number of technology scenarios which not only show it is possible, but in a world where oil and gas production will soon peak and go into decline, it is also a very wise move.
Drawing on decades of practical experience, an increasing array of new technology deployment scenarios from a diverse range of sources clearly demonstrate how long-industrialised countries such as Germany, France, Denmark, Great Britain and even the USA can reduce emissions to levels fully compliant with keeping below 2oC.
New scenarios such as ZeroCarbonBritain demonstrate how we can maintain high standards of well-being within a decreasing carbon budget that fully reflects the historic contribution of the long-industrialised countries and the rights of majority world to sustainable development. The following scenarios integrate detailed knowledge and experience from a wide range of disciplines to endorse urgent action.
Science says ‘we must’, technology says ‘we can’, COP 15 is possibly our last chance to say ‘we will’….
“The authors of ZeroCarbonBritain present a timescale for action that begins now. I commend their imagination (coupled with realism), their integrated view and their sense of urgency, as an inspiration to all who are grappling with the challenge that climate change is bringing to our world.”
Sir John Houghton, Former co-chair of the IPCC