ClimateWorks' Pathways to a Low Carbon Future website is designed to be a fun and accessible introduction to the very comprehensive energy, emissions and economic modelling that ClimateWorks undertook in partnership with ANU, CSIRO and Victoria University. The modelling provides very robust evidence that achieving zero net emissions in Australia by 2050 is possible and compatible with ongoing economic growth.

ClimateWorks modelled a pathway to zero net emissions by 2050 through:

  1. Ambitious energy efficiency in industry, buildings and transport

  2. Switch to 100% renewable electricity

  3. Electrification of every energy-using activity that can be feasibly electrified (e.g. gas heating to electric heating), and switch of all other activities to low emissions alternatives (e.g. coal and oil to biofuels)

  4. Reduction in non-energy emissions (e.g. emissions from cement production), and offsetting the remainder through carbon forestry

The website also includes a calculator which allows you to explore a range of alternative pathways to reduce Australia's greenhouse greenhouse gas emissions to 2050. This tool can help inform analysis of Australia's post-2020 emissions targets in the lead-up to this year's international climate change negotiations in Paris and beyond.
The report was part of a global project coordinated by the United Nations and involving 15 countries representing over 70 per cent of the world's emissions. For further information about the project, see here.