How will our lives change in this century? Will we have autonomous vehicles? Will cancer be defeated? Will there be colonies on Mars? No one knows. As far as the planet’s future temperature is concerned, however, there is one clear target: The Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 obliges the international community – with the exception of the United States – to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial climate in this century. We also know what it will take to achieve this goal: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), to a net zero.
But in order to reach this target, a whole bundle of decarbonization measures is needed. Since these steps are not specified in the Paris treaty, national governments and international scientific bodies have been researching and debating what measures are needed to achieve the climate target. Siemens, with its Environmental Portfolio, has been helping its customers both on the energy supply and demand side to reduce their carbon footprint. In late 2017, Siemens published a position paper, which, based on extensive computer simulations and using Germany’s Climate Targets 2050 as an example, presents an array of measures helping to pave the way to a carbon-neutral global economy.