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:
Ambitious energy efficiency in industry, buildings and transport
Switch to 100% renewable electricity
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)
Reduction in non-energy emissions (e.g. emissions from cement production), and offsetting the remainder through carbon forestry