The low-carbon pathways can be summarized into four broad actions that apply to all of the above sectors:
The graphic below shows the pathways applied to how the state of California would attain reductions by 2050:
While it is a tall order to get on the road to deep decarbonization, the strategies required to overcome existing barriers are identified below:
To gain a better understanding of what it takes to achieve deep decarbonization, please review the following references:
Deep Decarbonization Pathways Studies Analysis—Summary and analysis of decarbonization pathways studies to inform Northwest policymakers, funders, legislators, local government officials, and climate advocates about how to advance a low-carbon/decarbonization pathways study for the region, particularly for Washington and Oregon.
Northwest Deep Decarbonization Pathways Study—Case Statement for a deep decarbonization pathways study that would offer guidance to Washington and Oregon policymakers, advocates, and investors for developing climate policy by addressing the question: How does the Northwest decarbonize the built environment, transport sector, and electricity grid between now and 2050 and at what cost?
Low-Carbon Pathways Overview—Presentation that offers an overview of the low-carbon pathways to economy-wide deep decarbonization. (January 11, 2018)
Low-Carbon Pathways: Electricity—Presentation that explores the low-carbon pathways for the electricity sector. (January 23, 2018)
Low-Carbon Pathways: Transportation—Presentation that explores the low-carbon pathways for the transportation sector, with emphasis on electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles. (January 30, 2018)
Decarbonization in Action—Presentation that looks at decarbonization efforts in Germany, the European Union, China, and the United States. (February 8, 2018)
Low-Carbon Pathways for the Northwest—Presentation that explores the low-carbon pathways for the Northwest in the context of existing deep decarbonization pathways studies, both for the United States and for Washington and Oregon. (March 15, 2018)
Selected Decarbonization Reading List—Reading list that Clean Energy Transition Institute Board member Ross Macfarlane and Executive Director Eileen V. Quigley developed for a course they co-taught during the Winter Quarter 2018 at Western Washington University’s Institute for Energy Studies. Readings and citations were current as of March 31, 2018.
Key Decarbonization References—A non-exhaustive, but curated, list of studies, reports, books, and articles that are valuable to read to gain an understanding of how deep decarbonization can be achieved current as of July 2017.
Transportation Decarbonization References—A list of studies, reports, books, and articles related to decarbonizing the freight, marine, aviation, and passenger vehicle sectors, current as of April 2017.
Eileen V. Quigley is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute.
Eileen spent seven years at Climate Solutions identifying the transition pathways off oil and coal to a low-carbon future in Washington and Oregon. She built and led the New Energy Cities program, which partnered with 22 Northwest cities and counties to reduce carbon emissions. As Director of Strategic Innovations, she oversaw New Energy Cities, as well as Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which worked to accelerate the development of advanced low-carbon fuels for aviation, marine, and fleets and the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which aimed to demonstrate the role that...