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California Think Tank Releases Report Outlining Technology Options for Meeting 2050 GHG Reduction Target (May 25, 2011)

posted May 31, 2011, 6:01 AM by James Hodina
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a report outlining technology options for the state to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.  CCST finds that California can achieve a 60-percent 
reduction by 2050 with current technology if such technology is deployed at rates that are aggressive but feasible.  The four main prongs of this approach are the following: 1) aggressive energy efficiency measures for the buildings, industry and transportation sector; 2) aggressive electrification; 3) decarbonizing electricity production; and 4) decarbonizing the remaining required fuel supply where electrification is not feasible.  To achieve an 80-percent reduction by 2050, CCST states that significant innovation and advancement  in multiple technologies that 
eliminate emissions from fuels will be needed.  GHG emissions per capita will need to be reduced almost tenfold.  [For further information: 
http://ccst.us/publications/2011/2011energy.pdf]
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