By DDPP team|2015-12-01T07:01:40+00:00November 30th, 2015|
The South Australian Climate Change Strategy was released today and includes measures to embed the net zero emissions goal, in line with advice from an expert panel comprising the leaders of Australia’s Deep Decarbonisation study and taking into account DDPP analysis.
Limiting global warming to 2°C or less will require global emissions of greenhouse gases to be deeply reduced by 2050. This will require a profound transformation of how energy is supplied and used around the world. The DDPP is charting the path to this transformation, starting now, one country at a time.
Deep decarbonization pathways fill a key gap in climate policy. Within countries, they provide a critical, missing long-term framework for informing and coordinating policy and business decisions. Internationally, they provide a transparent benchmark for evaluating national commitments.
DDPP research teams study decarbonization in their own countries. Each team defines its own pathways to a low carbon energy system that still provides all the energy services their society needs, taking into account current infrastructure, natural resources, and stage of socio-economic development.
The country research teams are building a new global knowledge base for decarbonization, transparently sharing results, data, and methods. The DDPP has developed a unique set of analytical tools for combining and comparing individual country pathways, allowing the global impact to be more clearly seen.
The DDPP identifies problems and finds solutions on the road to deep decarbonization. The pathways are rigorous, detailed, sector-by-sector descriptions of what deep decarbonization requires in each country over time, in terms of technologies, infrastructure, investment needs, and international support.
The DDPP is already changing the climate policy discussion both within countries and among them. By showing concretely how 2°C can be achieved and what the enabling conditions are, it is altering the focus from incremental change to transformation, and shining a bright new light on the benefits of cooperation.
The scientific work that led to this report was conducted by the UCL Energy Institute researchers Gabrial Anandarajah, Birgit Fais, Christophe McGlade, Neil Strachan and Steve Pye. Founded in June 2009, the University College London Energy Institute (UCL-Energy) was established as UCL’s response to the global challenges of mitigating climate change and providing energy security in the 21st century. UCL-Energy, which sits within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, brings together different perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. It coordinates multidisciplinary teams from across the University, with the aim of accelerating the transition to a globally sustainable energy system through world-class energy research, education and policy support.
The report report seeks to demonstrate, alongside other countries, that a 2°C target could be achievable, and still remains an important political goal to aim for at the coming climate talks in Paris.