Energy Transitions Commission 2018 releases a report on net-zero carbon emissions

The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) has published a new report titled, “Mission Possible: Reaching net-zero carbon emissions from harder-to-abate sectors by mid-century”. The report outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonise the cement, steel, plastics, trucking, shipping and aviation sectors, which together represent 30 per cent of the energy emissions today and could increase to 60 per cent by mid-century as other sectors lower their emissions.The report was developed with contributions from over 200 industry experts over a six-month consultation process. Its findings show that full decarbonisation is technically feasible with technologies that already exist, although several still need to reach commercial readiness.The report also shows that this would have only a minor impact on the cost of end-consumer products. The report concludes that the most challenging sectors to decarbonise are plastics, due to end-of-life emissions; cement, due to process emissions; and shipping, due to the high cost of decarbonisation and the fragmented structure of the industry. ETC supports the objective of limiting global warming ideally to 1.5°C and, at the very least, well below 2°C.

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