Decarbonizing for a zero-emissions world by mid-century would require clear and efficient measures, adopted and implemented rapidly – and we have the technologies to pursue this direction. Authors of the report Roadmap to 2050: A Manual for Nations to Decarbonize by Mid-Century, have identified Six Pillars of Decarbonization built on four general premises from which every country can begin to develop their roadmap to decarbonization by mid-century.
1. The development of comprehensive climate policy will depend on specific geographical and social contexts, particularly in developing or low-income areas, in order to meet the needs of both society and the planet.
2. Great cooperation and coordination in terms of policy design and implementation are required: stakeholders will need to consider the integrated use of different resources, technologies, or processes to guarantee inclusion and socioeconomic development of communities and enterprises’ competitiveness in the global market.
3. Flexible and innovation-receptive regulatory frameworks are pivotal to address the challenge.
4. Substantial efforts must be made to allocate consistent investments in research and development, as technological breakthroughs will trigger innovation and shorten the path toward global decarbonization.
The report can be downloaded at roadmap2050.report.