A new climate-model co-released by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and 17 leading climate scientists from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) a new roadmap for meeting – and surpassing – targets established by the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.
The research by leading scientists at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the German Aerospace Center and the University of Melbourne, has been funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) as part of its new One Earth initiative.
The release of the model comes after a two-year scientific collaboration, and concludes that a holistic approach to decarbonising, reforestation and the rapid advance of renewable energy and storage presents a strong case for limiting the global climate increase to below 1.5c.
The model projects that with intensive decarbonisation of the global economy with currently available technologies, while also outlining the shortcomings of previously used models.
Welcoming the framework, LDF founder Leonardo DiCaprio says: “With the pace of urgent climate warnings now increasing, it’s clear that our planet cannot wait for meaningful action. This ambitious and necessary pathway shows that a transition to 100% renewable energy and strong measures to protect and restore our natural ecosystems, taken together, can deliver a more stable climate within a single generation.”
The research models 72 regional energy grids in hourly increments through 2050 and includes a comprehensive assessment of available renewable resources such as wind and solar, along with configurations for meeting projected energy demand and storage most efficiently for all sectors over the next 30 years.
“Scientists cannot fully predict the future, but advanced modelling allows us to map out the best scenarios for creating a global energy system fit for the 21st century," lead author Dr Sven Teske, Research Director at UTS’s Institute for Sustainable Futures says. "With momentum around the Paris Agreement lagging, it’s crucial that decision-makers around the world can see that we can, in fact, meet global energy demand at a lower cost with clean renewables.”