Analysis: Only Eight Years Left to Reset Priorities for a Climate-Safe Future
By Francesco La Camera
We are running out of time. The time constraints on our ability to reach the 1.5°C goal have become increasingly apparent in recent years. Visible and devastating impacts around the world have put pressure on governments to abandon fossil fuels and ensure massive emissions reductions in line with the Paris climate objectives.
With its 1.5°C Pathway, IRENA offers a clear vision for governments to accelerate the decarbonization of the energy system. Our studies have made it clear that climate ambitions can be enhanced through an accelerated energy transition rooted in renewable energy. Achieving net zero by 2050 depends on sufficient action by 2030, with the next eight years being critical. Only radical, immediate actions can bring the enhanced ambitions into reality.