According to the new research from an international team of scientists at IIASA, global warming can be limited to 1.5% with the help of unprecedented improvements in the energy efficiency of everyday activities. If climate change is limited to 1.5°C, rather than 2°C, the global sea level rise would be 10cm lower, hundreds of million fewer people would be exposed to severe heatwaves, ocean acidification would be reduced, protecting the ecosystems, and irreversible impacts on polar ice sheets could be avoided.
The lead author Arnulf Grubler pointed out that a range of new social, behavioral and technological innovations, combined with strong policy support for energy efficiency and low-carbon development can help reverse the historical trajectory of ever-rising energy demand. Among the key solutions that can reduce a global energy demand are:
1. Shared and “on-demand” energy efficient electric vehicles. Envoy provides affordable, convenient and sustainable transportation to disadvantaged and low-income communities.
2. Access to various services rather than owning goods - Rent the Runway.
3. Make a shift to a healthier diet with organic alternative can significantly reduce emissions from agriculture - Beyond Meat, the world’s first meat burger that is entirely plant based.
However we must still unite all the efforts to save the planet. “The global community from world leaders and multinational corporations down to individual consumers and citizens need to act in concert to avoid dangerous climate change while improving human wellbeing.” - Arnulf Grubler.