how Britain can respond to the challenges of climate change, resource depletion and global inequity. It examines how we can meet our electricity and heating requirements through efficient service provision, while still decreasing emissions.

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Zero Carbon Britain 2030

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What is zerocarbonbritain2030?

zerocarbonbritain2030 is a fully integrated vision of how Britain can respond to the challenges of climate change, resource depletion and global inequity. It examines how we can meet our electricity and heating requirements through efficient service provision, while still decreasing emissions. There are many potential solutions already in existence and in operation, ready for wider application.

In addition, it shows that making the necessary transition to a low-carbon future would not only stimulate the economy and create employment, it would also provide greater security, freedom and an enriched quality of life.

The report is divided into five sections:

Context presents the evidence on which the report is based: the science that lies behind our need to change our path, how much needs to be done, and how quickly.

PowerDown examines how we can reduce heat and electricity demand largely through new technology, efficient design and behaviour change. It looks in depth at two key sectors: the built environment, and transport.

Land Use and Agriculture identifies the emissions originating from land use and how these can be reduced. It also examines how we can use the land to provide resources to help the other sectors to decarbonise and sequester our residual emissions.

PowerUp highlights the potential for renewables in the UK and demonstrates how energy demand can be met through the use of renewable technology by 2030.

Framework discusses the international and national legislation and incentives that can support changes in energy generation and use, and examines the job creation that will come with it.

The report demonstrates that Britain has the potential to become a global leader in sustainable technology and policy.

Who is the report aimed at?

The report is intended to spur discussion and debate amongst the whole of society, demonstrating how greenhouse gas emissions could be completely eliminated from a developed society.

It is intended to act as a reference point for politicians and policy makers. It can also be used as an educational tool and can help local community groups and enthusiasts gain a broad knowledge of solutions to climate change.

You can help spread knowledge about the project by speaking or writing to your MP, MSP, AM, or MEP about zerocarbonbritain2030, or by volunteering to present zerocarbonbritain2030 to other organisations and groups who might be interested.

Who wrote it and who supports it?

zerocarbonbritain2030 is a hugely collaborative project coordinated by the Centre for Alternative Technology. The Centre for Alternative Technology is Europe's leading eco-centre, based near Machynlleth, Wales. It receives over 70,000 visitors a year and runs environmental courses ranging from weekend solar PV installation to academic courses from its Graduate School for the Environment.

The report has benefited greatly from contributions, comments and reviews from numerous experts in the field, including Sir John Houghton, Godfrey Boyle, Rob Hopkins, Graham Parkhurst, Paul Davies, Hugo Spowers, and Victoria Johnson...

Report summaries

Editorial Notes: Related: Hear the Zero Carbon Britain presentation that was given at the Transition Network Conference 2010 by Bruce Heagarty of the Centre for Alternative Technology.

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