Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
Zero fossil fuel CO2 emissions on the horizon
April 25th, 2014 by Susan Smith
Zero fossil fuel CO2 emissions for the entire global built environment are expected to be achieved by the second half of this century, according to climate change meetings held in London, Bonn and Paris.
The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading climate science body, projected a number of scenarios, each plotting amounts of carbon emissions and the resulting future global average temperatures. The bottom line is, there is only one scenario with a good chance of averting irreversible climate change: one that caps global cumulative industrial-era carbon emissions at under one trillion tons, according to the report.
In December 2015 the United Nations climate conference will convene in Paris. At that time the goal is to reach a new agreement, applicable to all countries, to keep carbon emissions under the one-trillion-ton threshold. A number of interim meetings will lead up to this meeting.
Architecture 2030 was invited to present its perspective on the U.S. and global built environment at one of these meetings, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Climate Change Expert Group (OECD CCXG) Global Forum in Paris. On March 20th, Edward Mazria of Santa Fe and the Architecture 2030 organization introduced Architecture 2030’s new report, Roadmap to Zero Emissions. Important to this document is Roadmap 20/80, which outlines the emissions reduction targets that are necessary in the building sector to avert dangerous and irreversible climate change. Mazria also outlined the actions and financial outlay necessary to reach global zero emissions by the second half of this century.