The successful implementation of the Paris Agreement will depend on the deployment of long-term greenhouse gas reduction strategies (LTS) and ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to keep warming to 1.5 degrees, countries must cut anthropogenic emissions by at least 45% compared to 2010 levels. Technological developments and innovative practices will be key in this process. As of 2021, more than 100 countries are on track to commit to net-zero emissions by mid-century. However, the majority of countries have yet to take action or make the investments necessary to realize those goals, facing challenges in financing, innovation, and systems transformation. Two big questions currently challenging the world include:
What technologies and policies are available to help developed countries meet their net-zero goals and get on track for 1.5 C?
What do developing nations need to get on track to a net-zero economy aligned with the Paris Agreement?
The Zero Emissions Solutions Conference (ZESC) (formally the Low-Emissions Solutions Conference) is held annually alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COPs). The event is aimed at problem solving, brainstorming, and global co-creation to inform nations about the latest technology and policy developments. It brings together technical experts and world-leading scientists, engineers and innovators from business, academia, and cities, to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices, and prioritize future research in order to set common technological trajectories for a decarbonized economy as well as the transformations necessary in each sector.