Climate change: technical solutions?

Or lifestyle changes?

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There is a very innovative research group, funded by the UK government, looking at ways to achieve ‘net zero carbon emissions’:

es.catapult.org.uk

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It has just produced a report:

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Net Zero by 2050 is possible with targeted innovation and scale up

A new report by Energy Systems Catapult has found Net Zero by 2050 is possible with support for innovation and scale-up across three essential areas – Low Carbon Technology, Land Use and Lifestyle.

Innovating to Net Zero

es.catapult.org.uk/news/net-zero-by-2050-is-possible/

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It is indeed about ‘innovation’, as reported by the media:

Innovation ‘essential’ to meet net zero by 2050, Energy Systems Catapult finds | currentnews.co.uk

Net Zero for the UK by 2050 is possible with targeted innovation and scale up says Energy Systems Catapult | renewableenergymagazine.com

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The BBC’s take is less optimistic, however:

 

Climate change: UK ‘can’t go climate neutral before 2050’

The UK cannot go climate neutral much before 2050 unless people stop flying and eating red meat almost completely, a report says.

But it warns that the British public do not look ready to take such steps and substantially change their lifestyle. The claim comes from the government-funded research group Energy Systems Catapult, whose computer models are used by the Committee on Climate Change, which advises government.

But the authors offer some optimism too. They calculate that the UK can cut emissions fast enough to be climate neutral by 2050 – but only if ministers act much more quickly. They say the government urgently needs to invest in three key technologies: carbon capture and storage with bioenergy crops; hydrogen for a wide variety of uses; and advanced nuclear power.

Climate change: UK ‘can’t go climate neutral before 2050’ | bbc.co.uk

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The Futures Forum blog has also been sceptical about technical ‘solutions’:

June 2014: Futures Forum: The techno-fix … Can we engineer our way out of environmental catastrophe? Or … Can we ‘design for the real world’?

May 2019: Futures Forum: Climate change: Are proposals to repair the climate offering “scalable technological fixes” or “climate despair”?

   
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