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Zero is possible, says report, as emissions reduction in focus.

Energy modellers at leading environmental charity the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) A say governments must pledge to reduce emissions further, and draw on their report Who's Getting Ready for Zero? to demonstrate that zero is possible.

The deadline has passed for countries to submit their emission reduction targets for 2025 and 2030, known as INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), ahead of the Paris climate talks, being held in December.

Paul Allen, Zero Carbon Project co-ordinator at CAT, said: "The A climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to 1.5 degrees.

"The science demands global emissions must head to zero as quickly as possible. Big emitters like the EU, US, China, Japan and Australia need to make much deeper cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions."

The Centre for Alternative Technology alongside Track 0 recently released Who's Getting Ready for Zero? - a report mapping out how different actors at national, regional and city levels are already working out how to develop and decarbonise using science-based timeframes.

The report draws on results from more than 100 scenarios that demonstrate how we can reach low or zero emissions before the second half of the century.

The national decarbonisation scenarios include 16 of the world's largest emitters, responsible for 75% of the world's carbon emissions.

Dr Philip James, energy modeller at CAT said: "What Who's Getting A Ready for Zero? shows is that there is a growing body of robust, peer-reviewed work, rooted in the reality of energy systems, which shows that INDCs can be much more ambitious.

What these reports clearly demonstrate is that the greatest barriers to the conversion described are neither technical nor economic, they are social and political."

" Kim Bryan, communications officer at CAT, said: "ClimateA change is a huge threat to humanity, yet many of the solutions for climate change are also solutions to tackling global poverty.

"We need to see this as an opportunity to make the transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewables, and build an energy democracy that supports development priorities and sustainable energy."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 17, 2015
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