World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5 - Smart Energy Decisions

World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway

Type: White Paper
Categories: Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables
Date Published: 7/2/2021
Source: IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency)
Primary Topic: GHG Emissions

The World Energy Transitions Outlook outlines a pathway for the world to achieve the Paris Agreement goals and halt the pace of climate change by transforming the global energy landscape. This report from IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency)  presents options to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and bring CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050, offering high-level insights on technology choices, investment needs, policy framework and the socio-economic impacts of achieving a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

IRENA’s analysis shows that over 90% of the solutions shaping a successful outcome in 2050 involve renewable energy through direct supply, electrification, energy efficiency, green hydrogen and bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Innovative solutions are reshaping the energy system. Yet, the necessary deployment levels at a speed compatible with 1.5C, will require targeted policies and measures.

Download this Executive Summary to explore a compelling path for decarbonizing all energy uses:



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