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Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C?

Efforts to combat climate change tend to focus on supply-side changes, such as shifting to renewable or cleaner energy. In a Special Issue in the Energy Efficiency Journal that follows the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ˚C, researchers argue that demand-side approaches can play a crucial role given the aspirational target outlined in the Paris Agreement.
Luis Mundaca
Luis Mundaca (Photo: Sara Bernstrup Nilsson)

“We need to aggressively reduce carbon emissions as soon as possible, which is not impossible, but challenging. Therefore researchers must provide clear guidance to policy makers and practitioners about available options”, says Professor Luis Mundaca at Lund University in Sweden, who was a lead author on the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 ˚C degrees.

“Downsizing the energy system by tackling ever-rising demand, makes it more feasible to decarbonize the energy resource mix via renewables” says Luis Mundaca. 

To this end, the researchers outline how carbon emissions can be reduced by using demand-side approaches within specific sectors.

Reed more in a news article from Lund University 25 October 2018: Can we limit global warming to 1.5 °C?

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