ROADMAP SPELLS IT OUT: Here’s what’s needed to reach climate goals
An international group of experts, including Telia Company, have published a report that provides 36 solutions for cutting greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 50 percent in the next ten years. The Exponential Climate Roadmap comes in advance of the 2019 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City next week.
“It is inspiring to be involved in efforts that focus on the solutions and not, like many other studies, simply describe disasters and predict when they will come,” says Dag Lundén, Environmental Manager at Telia Company.
The report describes the 36 most viable solutions that will contribute to halving greenhouse gas emissions globally by 2030. They include areas such as low-cost solar, wind, and battery technologies, electric transportation growth and consumption behaviors.
Stabilizing Earth’s temperature to significantly reduce risks to societies now requires greenhouse gas emissions to reach net zero by 2050. To get there, the 2030 goal is critical.
“While we are in the middle of a climate crisis that can change life as we know it in a very drastic way, we also have the solutions that can help us avoid it. There is no longer a need to wait for new inventions or innovation. Everyone of us can do something today,” Lundén says.
He explains that the telecom industry and the IT sector are vital to making this change – the key to it all is digitalization.
“But we can do better, and everyone needs to get engaged. We continue to look at how our technology can be used in smarter and more efficient ways and how we can support other businesses and people to change too. You have to ask yourself: ‘What can I do?’ And you need to ask it now.”
The roadmap was compiled by 55 authors from across academia, industry, policy and consultancy and lead partners are WWF, Future Earth, the Stockholm Resilience Center, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Ericsson, M2020, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Internet of Planet. Telia Company, DrawDown, Fossil-free Sweden, and the Swedish Energy Agency are all supporting partners.
“This is now a race against time,” says the report’s lead author, Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and co-chair of the international research program Future Earth. “But businesses and even entire industries have made many significant transitions in less than 10 years.”
Still, the report highlights four approaching tipping points that, when combined, will accelerate the transformation. These tipping points are growing social movements, emerging political support solar and wind energy and digitalization.
“Furthermore, this roadmap uniquely focuses on three things,” says Johan Falk, an expert in exponential strategies, co-lead author and a fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre and Future Earth, Sweden. “Firstly, the immediate priorities – reaching peak emissions in 2020 and racing to cut emissions in half by 2030. Then, how we can scale the new solutions exponentially. And also, how we need to think in terms of systems transformation of the whole economy.”
Telia Company will step up its efforts further to stay in the lead when it comes to making the necessary changes.
In addition, the work will continue to involve both academia and industry in the company’s Daring Goals and to work in many other ways to also engage customers and the society at large.
“We want to show the industry, as well as society, that the solutions we provide are a critical part of creating a fossil free future,” Lundén says.