What technologies will help us get to net zero?
Numerous technologies will play a part in our journey towards net zero. Some are tried and tested while others are still in their early stages. Individual pages provide more detail while the net-negative framework offers a way of thinking about how everything fits together.
But progress is not simply a function of whether technologies exist. We also rely on human decision-making about what is prioritised, funded and encouraged by policy and regulatory frameworks. For a discussion of the importance of these issues see the transition section of the site.
The suite of technologies available to us
|Technology area||What is included||Carbon avoiding or carbon negative?*|
|Direct air carbon capture||Negative|
|Household energy efficiency||Avoiding|
|Industrial carbon capture||Avoiding|
|Lower carbon diets||Avoiding|
|Lower carbon fossil fuels||Avoiding|
|New building materials||Both|
|Renewable energy||Both : underpins everything|
|Zero-emission hydrogen and ammonia||Avoiding|
It is striking how few of the technologies that are presently available, or are in progress, are actually negative, as opposed to just carbon reducing