International Energy Agency Releases Net Zero Roadmap

Matt Leahy | September 24, 2023
Solar panels at The Rocks in a Christmas tree field surrounded by wildflowers in summer.

Solar panels at The Rocks.

The International Energy Agency recently released an update of its 2021 report that outlined the actions necessary to keep global temperatures to 1.5°C (2.7°F) above preindustrial levels. The report is sobering. It notes that the path to hitting that target has narrowed. Yet, it also sounds a hopeful tone by emphasizing the international community has the tools to reduce emissions by 80% by 2030 through the increased use of renewables, improved energy efficiency, reductions in methane emissions and increased electrification.  

The report does present a major public challenge. The IEA says that in order to reach a Net Zero future, electricity transmission and distribution grids need to expand by around 2 million kilometres each year. The agency states that all stakeholders need to find a way to expedite decision making while at the same time ensuring public engagement in siting decisions and the protection of  environmental resources. 

Read the full report here.