Zero-emission vehicles, wind and solar energy seen taking off – climate report – Reuters
- Likely changes will cap warming below 2 degrees Celsius
- But 1.5 degrees unlikely without more action now
- Policy change to be in focus at COP26 climate talks
LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Government policy changes attacking global warming could result in zero-emission vehicles comprising around 30% of all vehicles on the road by 2030, and wind and solar providing 30% of global power generation, triple current levels, a policy report forecast on Monday.
Rapid changes in food and land-use systems would also play a “critical role” with “peak-meat” consumption around 2030 helping the planet’s land absorb more carbon within 30 years, said the report by the U.N.-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, a leading sustainable investment body.
Under its “Forecast Policy Scenario”, seen as the most likely, the report predicted “dramatic” and “sweeping” changes in policy between now and 2025 across the energy, transport, industry and food sectors.
Such a policy acceleration would make it possible to keep warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, it said.
However, the global target to limit warming to no more than 1.5 degrees C would be out of reach without more rapid action, said …….