Amandine Denis, Anna Skarbek, Jeffrey Sachs and Frank Jotzo. Photo by Timothy Marriage.

Global decarbonisation

09 July 2014

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Frank Jotzo is Director of The Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Crawford School, and director of the School’s Resources, Environment and Development program. He currently teaches the graduate courses Domestic Climate Change Economics and Policy and Issues in Development and Environment.

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Researchers from 15 countries have united to map out a path towards cutting emissions in half, while also tripling economic output globally.

The Deep Decarbonisation Pathways project (DDPP), released on Wednesday by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shows the world’s pathway to a decarbonised economy. The global project is led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, and the Australian component of the research is managed by ClimateWorks Australia jointly with ANU Crawford School.

The DDPP comprises of 15 research teams from each the world’s major emitters. The collaborative project aims to show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and limit global warming to two degrees.

In a world first, nationally based teams of experts have assessed trajectories that take carbon emissions to lower levels than explored in other national analyses.

Crawford School’s Associate Professor Frank Jotzo, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, said that transitioning to a low-carbon future doesn’t have to mean crippling a country’s economy.

“For every declining technology there are new opportunities arising, and most of the economy would simply motor on,” he said.

“For Australia and each of the other 14 countries in the UN study, cleaning up the world’s energy system does not stand in the way of economic prosperity.

“Preparing economy-wide decarbonisation trajectories also helps focus on where more innovation is needed, For example, the world needs more research into advanced renewables, new ways of running power grids, and carbon capture and storage” said Jotzo.

Associate Professor Gu Alun of Tshinghua University is a contributor to China’s DDPP analysis and will be at ANU this week to speak at the China Update conference. She will present modelling that shows China’s carbon emissions peaking and then decreasing, while GDP per capita increases six-fold until 2050.

Many of these topics are covered in courses Frank Jotzo teaches at Crawford School including Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics (EMDV8081) and Issues in Development and Environment (EMDV8013). You can also find out more about the Master of Climate Change at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MCLCH

For further information about the project or to obtain a copy of the UN interim report go to: deepdecarbonization.org

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