Since its inception in 2007, CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) project has set out to offer the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science; to remove fear and misunderstandings and open new positive, solution-focused conversations.
Following the UN climate agreement in Paris in December 2015 (COP21), there is clear recognition that long industrialised countries such as the UK must now legislate and plan for zero emissions.
The range of ZCB reports produced since 2007 clearly demonstrate that we can reach net zero emissions using only existing technology, and that such a transition offers many positive co-benefits for society, the environment and the economy. Through researching and communicating this work, CAT aims to stimulate economic and political debate around achieving zero emissions, engage the research community and get society thinking in a new way to help build consensus on action.
It is now almost ten years since CAT’s first ZCB report was launched in Parliament. Pro-active communication has been as important as undertaking research. For almost a decade, the ZCB team has been engaging with a wide spectrum of society, from faith-groups, local environmental groups, climate activists and community groups to MPs, Welsh Assembly Members, policy organisations, NGOs, think tanks, international networks and the UN COP process itself.
Today zero carbon is becoming a much more commonly accepted goal. CAT’s work to date has played an important part not only in raising the profile of ‘zero’ but also in increasing confidence that it is deliverable.