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Net Zero 2030: a Tortoise moonshot

The UK has set itself a target that the entire world needs to get to: net zero carbon emissions. But the 2050 target date isn’t nearly soon enough. We need to get there faster and we need to keep on removing carbon from the atmosphere to have a hope of limiting warming to 2 degrees C. But how?

Net zero

First published
Thursday 3 September 2020

Last updated
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Why this story?

The task is huge; most people say impossible. It would require a revolution in social and economic priorities and the biggest shift in investment patterns in at least 200 years. A gigantic heap of junked internal combustion engines would be the least of it. But isn’t that exactly what the planet needs?

As we all hunkered down under those strange empty skies in March, we invited Tortoise members to help us work out what it would take to get to net zero carbon emissions in a decade.