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A panel of 10 guest speakers convened at the climate negotiations in Bonn on Thursday, June 4 to participate in Getting Ready for Zero, a side event hosted by Track 0, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) and the Nordic Folkecentre for Renewable Energy.

The event aimed to bring together actors from the national, regional and city levels who have done work to show what a transition to a zero emissions world might look like.

Several panellists gave an overview of detailed zero carbon or deep decarbonisation plans for countries such as Denmark, the UK, Chile, Morocco, Australia, and the Australian community of Byron Shire. A wide network of organisations and zero modellers were represented, with modelling produced by INFORSE-Europe, the Centre for Alternative Technology, MAPS, IDDRI and Beyond Zero Emissions. Mulugeta Ayale from the Government of Ethiopia explained how a transition to renewable energy and building a green economy would support social and economic development in his country, with mitigation of carbon emissions viewed as a co-benefit.

Niklas Hohne of the New Climate Institute, Paul Allen of CAT and Jennifer Morgan from the World Resources Institute all emphasised the importance of including a clear long-term goal in the Paris agreement. Not only to catalyse ambitious short term action but also to send a clear signal to business and investors about the overall direction of travel to accelerate uptake of renewable energy and development of green economy.

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Take Away Messages

  1. The dangers of delay. We need to phase out fossil fuels as soon as possible if we are to achieve a long-term goal consistent with limiting warming to 2ºC or below.
  1. Decarbonisation of the global economy can begin right away using existing technologies.
  1. A transition to a zero emissions economy would provide an opportunity for developing countries to leapfrog out-dated energy technologies in favour of renewables, thereby avoiding a “lock in” of carbon intensive infrastructure.
  1. A long-term goal in the Paris Agreement is essential for operationalizing the 2ºC target and the tools and skills already exist to map out how to get there.

You can access the powerpoints from here

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