Could society achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement?
Shell’s latest energy scenario – Sky – illustrates a technically possible, but challenging pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Sky builds on previous Shell scenarios publications and is our most optimistic scenario in terms of climate outcomes.
Our new ‘Could’ content series poses some of the big questions that have come out of the Paris Agreement and the climate change debate. It asks what could be possible by 2070 – from increasing society’s reliance on renewables, to everyone driving electric vehicles. By asking what society’s energy future could look like, we can see how society must work together.
The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions, mitigation, adaptation and finance, starting in the year 2020. The Paris Agreement's long-term goal is to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels; and to limit the increase to 1.5 °C.
We hope that this content series sparks discussion and encourages you to share your thoughts. Let us know what you think could be possible. Tag @Shell and use #ShellScenarios on your social media posts and comments.
Twelve part series explaining the Sky Scenario
Could society achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement? What do you think? Share your thoughts on social media tagging @Shell and using #ShellScenarios.
For over two decades Shell scenario thinking has incorporated the issue of climate change. The Sky scenario joins two previous Shell scenarios, Mountains and Oceans that saw rapid decarbonization but fell short of the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Sky illustrates a technically possible, but challenging pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. It shows rapid and accelerating changes to the global energy system and within 50 years, it completely transforms the way society uses and produces energy.
It’s technically possible, but success is not guaranteed. It will require innovative new products, strong political will, bold investments and the best ideas.
Could the world re-wire the global economy by 2070? What do you think?