After COP26, there is global agreement for governments, businesses, and citizens to embark in a decarbonisation global effort at every level. Global decarbonisation efforts are being stalled by objective gaps in science, technology, processes, and diplomacy. The nature of the gaps is often complex and systemic, and therefore impossible to solve with linear or single party solutions. Solutions currently in the pipeline need to be accelerated to reach the right stage of maturity for their implementation. The global ambition is to achieve net-zero CO2 for 2050, which requires accelerating the energy transition to switch to renewable energy and deploying technologies that directly remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
- How can cooperation help boost R&D on decarbonisation processes, scale them up and accelerate the transition?
- How will collaboration create sector-specific sustainable business cases for decarbonization technologies?
- How can we create a policy framework connecting science and diplomacy to enable the net-zero CO2 ambition?
“The challenge is to expedite the technology to decarbonise the world by 2050, then reach net zero, then get to net negative, in a way that is fair to everyone. ”
“The “sharpest knife” for accomplishing decarbonization is setting a global price, or tax, on CO2. GESDA can play an active role in communicating the need for global CO2 pricing and how urgently the world needs to act – and in building trust among all communities. ”
“Research and technology assessment is needed. For many advanced materials, scaling up their use from the lab to industries has not yet been demonstrated. ”
“The 2° Paris target is gone in ten to 15 years; the 1.5° target is already gone. ”
“Clean energy provides a better business model than fossil fuels, and business leaders cannot afford to wait any longer to make the transition. Many of the technologies needed are already here. ”