Track 0 and The Centre for Alternative Technology launch ground-breaking new report.
Download the new report here and the executive summary here.
As international negotiations around the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ramp up, and a new agreement is expected in Paris in December 2015, this timely new report Who’s Getting Ready for Zero? maps out how different actors at national, regional and city levels are already working out how to develop and decarbonise using science-based time-frames.
In the first of its kind, the report draws on results from over 100 scenarios that demonstrate how we can reach low or zero emissions before the second half of the century with existing technology, without harming social or economic development. The national decarbonisation scenarios include sixteen of the world’s largest emitters, responsible for 75% of the world’s carbon emissions.
“Achieving zero is about more than emissions; it’s about sustainable development, more jobs, improved health and well-being, and strengthened communities with improved access to safe, clean energy.”
Farhana Yamin, report author and CEO of Track 0
Conclusions from the report show that scenario building is a powerful tool that can engage stakeholders and citizens, and that more work is needed to develop long-term decarbonisation strategies and to share results within and across countries. Doing so will increase confidence in a country’s nationally determined climate commitments, whilst driving the powerful actions, targets, incentives and legislation which are needed today.
“This report is very much a first cut at mapping out who is doing what to get to zero. Whilst further work needs to be done to fill in gaps we must join together and celebrate the exciting progress already being made in mapping the path to zero. We must build the practitioners’ community at a global, national and city scale for a collective global push for a zero emissions world by mid-century.”
Paul Allen, report author and project coordinator of Zero Carbon Britain
The concluding recommendation of the report is for the creation of a new network to support zero modelling practitioners to enable the development of long-term scenarios and decarbonisation strategies. This network could underpin the implementation of the Paris agreement by engaging citizens and stakeholders to plan and build their versions of a zero carbon, climate resilient world.
Paul Allen, Project Coordinator, Zero Carbon Britain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabel Bottoms, Researcher and Policy Outreach, Track 0: email@example.com
Philip James, Researcher, Zero Carbon Britain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Farhana Yamin, Founder & CEO, Track 0; Associate Fellow, Chatham House: email@example.com
Track 0 is an independent not-for-profit, which serves as a hub to support all those working to phase out greenhouse gas emissions so that we can usher in a future defined by zero poverty, zero emissions and clean energy for all. Based in London but with a global reach Track 0 focusses on the international climate change negotiations and policy-relevant climate research related to the long-term goal of phasing out GHG emissions. Track 0 provides research, strategy, policy advice, communications, convening and networking support to governments, businesses, investors, communities and NGOs. We also work closely with civil society, social movements and all those within the development community working on achieving zero poverty and zero emissions. We are not a campaigning or political organisation.
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
CAT Charity is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, zero carbon technologies and ways of living. CAT has a holistic approach to its work, integrating ideas and practice relating to energy, land use, biodiversity, the built environment, material use, diet, health and wellbeing. CAT inspires, informs and enables tens of thousands of people each year to achieve positive change in their own lives, through the live-lab research, its visitor complex, collaborations with eco-centres in other countries, consultancy as well as its hands-on educational programmes.
The Zero Carbon Britain project pulls together four decades of practical experience into a single framework that can be clearly and effectively articulated to catalyse urgent action on climate across all sectors of society.