Can we achieve the rates of energy transition required to limit global warming to below 2 degrees? Policy card C3

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Can we achieve the rates of energy transition required to limit global warming to below 2 degrees? Policy card C3

By limiting low-carbon energy technology deployment rates to within historical limits, it is possible to keep average global warming to around 2°C by 2100. These historical limits are based on what has been achieved by a small number of energy technology transitions in individual countries, so the deployment rates remain unprecedented at the global scale and for multiple technologies over a sustained period of time. In theory, however there is no reason these historical rates could not be exceeded, but supporting the necessary transition will be challenging for the energy sector and policy makers, particularly in light of the potential difficulties in deploying key technologies such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

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