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Rapid decarbonisation can steer Australia to net zero by 2050, reaching its Paris Agreement climate targets. Funded by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this report projects 10-year timesteps along pathways for energy, transport, mining and heavy industry that would get us to net zero by 2050.

Pathways to net zero

We've published a report which outlines rapid decarbonisation pathways for key sectors of the Australian economy. ©  iStock, Vladimir Zapletin

Limiting global average warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C) by 2100 necessitates a rapid transformation of global economic and social systems that will leave no country unaffected.

For Australia, the need to become more resilient to the physical impacts of climate change is accompanied by the opportunity to grow new and existing industries to provide essential goods and services for decarbonising economies.

This modelling work by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, illustrates how Australia’s economy will need to transform to reach net zero by 2050. The results combine the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) widely referenced global scenarios with detail from the Australian economy.

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