2050 Today: Research and Strategies for Mid-Century Decarbonization

2050 Today: Research and Strategies for Mid-Century Decarbonization

A report from the ClimateWorks Foundation highlights five approaches it believes are critical to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and limit global warming to under 2°C. The report, 2050 Today: Research and Strategies for Mid-Century Decarbonization (executive summary, 10 pages, PDF), outlines three low-carbon/decarbonization transition approaches (accelerate the generation of clean electricity and end-use electrification, scale carbon dioxide removal strategies, and ramp up the focus on decarbonizing food and agriculture) and two strategies for advancing these approaches (embrace people-centered strategies and pursue global tipping points), with recommendations for philanthropy detailed for each. Suggestions include shifting emphasis from renewable energy deployment to clean energy electrification and grid integration; funding carbon dioxide removal (not just emissions reductions); supporting natural carbon removal and emissions reduction approaches that overlap with food and agriculture strategies; encouraging behavior change at the individual, institutional, corporate, and policy levels; and targeting interventions in areas where strategic investments are most likely to overcome barriers.