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1.5°C is more feasible than we think.

Back to 2050

1.5°C is more feasible than we think.

To keep global warming limited to 1.5 degrees (compared to preindustrial levels), carbon dioxide emissions must be zeroed by 2050, and reduced by 30-50 percent by 2030 (while other greenhouse gas emissions must also be significantly abated). The bulk of these emissions comes from energy. A transition toward a net-zero economy is thus also an energy transition of momentous proportions. The pace and extent of its unfolding has simply no precedent in history: it has to happen within a time frame twice shorter than in the past, and on a global scale.

This report is another contribution to this question and proposes an alternative approach. It builds on key findings from the study of past energy transitions. History indeed reveals that what drives energy transitions is actually the way this energy is used and consumed. Energy transitions happen because new energy resources bring about positive changes in consumption patterns, or because new consumption patterns emerge and call for innovations in energy use. Energy supply has always chased energy demand. What this means is that the only way to realize a transformation of the energy system of such magnitude is to design a transition which makes sense for the consumer, hence drive adoption – rather than resistance – at an accelerated pace.

1.5°C  is more feasible than we think. Find out more in the full report. 

Road to a rapid transition to sustainable energy security in Europe

It is time to embrace sustainability as a business imperative and to capture the momentum now, for the future.

Towards Net-Zero Buildings: A Quantitative Study

Progress on energy and sustainability is at an all-time high. How will that momentum fare in a new decade and under radical new circumstances? In this study, we propose a new and innovative approach to the decarbonization of the building sector.

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REPowerEU: Empowering Energy Consumers for a More Sustainable and Resilient Europe

Welcoming the European Commission’s REPowerEU Action Plan to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, we share our 10-point action plan to make Europe digital and electric by 2027 and go further in driving efficiency with digital, electrifying end-use, decentralizing energy, and building better.
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Towards Net-Zero Buildings: A Practical Pathway

Schneider Electric presents a Framework Towards Net-Zero Buildings developed in conjunction with WEF to accelerate the investment needed to deliver a greener urban built environment

Mind the gap: How carbon dioxide removals must complement deep decarbonization to keep 1.5°C alive

In its new report the energy transitions commission outlines the role of carbon dioxide removals in meeting global climate objectives.
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The unexpected disruption: Distributed generation

The true potential of distributed energy generation is massive. This study shows how it will contribute to reshaping the global energy system.

Sustainability podcast series: Beyond the scope

Schneider Electric’s Beyond the scope sustainability podcast series offers insightful views on decarbonization pathways and the solutions that lie ahead of us.

Accelerating global investment in building decarbonization

As buildings generate a large chunk of the world’s carbon emissions, how can we decarbonize the built environment? Read the framework that guides decision-makers to consider more outcomes.

Back to 2050 executive summary

Executive summary

Making mission possible: Delivering a net-zero economy

A net-zero global economy is possible by 2050. Clean electrification will be vital.