Greenhouse gas emissions might be halved in the next decade if a little number of existing innovations and behavioural patterns are ramped up and adopted more commonly, researchers have found, saying strong civil society movements are needed to drive such modification.
If the rapid uptake of electrical lorries in some parts of the world could be sustained, the lorries could comprise 90% of the marketplace by 2030, significantly decreasing emissions from transportation, it said.
Preventing deforestation and improving land management could decrease emissions by the equivalent of about 9bn tonnes of co2 a year by 2030, according to the report, but contradictory subsidies, poor planning and vested interests could stop this from happening.
Christiana Figueres, a former top environment official at the UN, said: “& ldquo; I see all proof that social and financial tipping points are aligning. We can now say the next years has the potential to see the fastest financial shift in history.”