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Mind the gap: How carbon dioxide removals must complement deep decarbonisation 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.

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

All sectors of the economy can and must decarbonize by mid-century with big emission reductions in the 2020s. This report by the Energy Transitions Commission describes how Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR), alongside rapid and deep global decarbonization, can give the world a 50% chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

But even given the fastest feasible path of emissions reductions, the world will need at least 70 to 220 Gt of carbon removals between now and 2050 to limit cumulative net emissions. No single CDR solution can be deployed in significant enough volumes to deliver the emissions removals required. Therefore, a portfolio approach is required, with solutions playing vital and complementary roles.

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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.

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Making mission possible: Delivering a net-zero economy

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

Making clean electrification possible

We have 30 years to electrify the global economy - discover under what conditions this is possible.

Making the hydrogen economy possible: Accelerating clean hydrogen in an electrified economy

Learn how private-sector collaboration and policy support can ramp up clean hydrogen production

Mission possible: Reaching net-zero carbon emissions from harder-to-abate sectors

Learn how we can decarbonize harder-to-abate sectors by the middle of this century

The future of the United States climate policy is digital

Learn how the US can use digital solutions to promote economic opportunities while combating climate change.

Better energy, greater prosperity

We need to decarbonize while ensuring energy access for all. Clean electrification holds the key to achieve this. But how?

Bioresources within a net-zero emissions economy: Making a sustainable approach possible

Not all biomass is environmentally ‘good’ biomass - but we can address this