Journal article

The great energy transition of the 21st century: The 2050 Zero-Carbon World Oration

John Wiseman

ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2018

Abstract

Looking back from 2050, this article is written in the form of a fictional speech reflecting on the impressive progress made by 2050 towards achieving the global goal of zero net emissions. The speaker also highlights the severe and ongoing ecological damage and human suffering caused by the failure to reduce emissions with sufficient urgency in the first quarter of the 21st Century – and the ongoing challenge of implementing the actions required to bring global temperatures back below 1.5 degrees. The speech identifies the following key drivers of the ‘great 21st century energy transition’. i) Sustained leadership from national and sub-national governments, business, civil society and the m..

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