Climate Innovation 2050

Climate Innovation 2050 brings together leading companies to examine potential pathways toward substantially decarbonizing the U.S. economy.

Climate Innovation 2050 brings together more than two dozen leading companies to examine potential pathways toward substantially decarbonizing the U.S. economy. Sectors represented include power, transportation, finance, tech, oil and gas, chemicals, cement, steel, manufacturing, and food/agriculture.

To date, Climate Innovation 2050 has produced:

Now companies are working with C2ES to develop a comprehensive strategy outlining the key high- policies and business actions needed over the coming decade to put the United States on the path toward carbon neutrality by mid-century.

Decarbonization Scenarios

In a year-long collaboration with companies – and with the RAND Corporation, and the Joint Global Change Research Institute – C2ES produced and modeled three scenarios for reducing U.S. emissions 80 percent by 2050.  The three scenarios are called A Competitive Climate, Climate Federalism and Low-Carbon Lifestyles.

Unlike previous decarbonization studies focused primarily on technology pathways, this analysis considered a range of potential drivers and different types of policy, technology, business and consumer responses.  The resulting report, Pathways to 2050: Scenarios for Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy, presents the scenarios and modeling results, as well as key takeaways. These include the importance of policy in driving technology deployment and the need for all-in effort that includes policymakers at all levels, companies, investors and the public.

Stories on the report have appeared in major media, including Axios, Bloomberg News, Forbes, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Politico, and Utility Dive.

Near-Term Actions

Near-Term Federal Actions to Address Climate Change outlines an array of federal actions that represent opportunities for bipartisan progress on climate change. The actions include steps on infrastructure, technology innovation, zero-emission vehicles, offshore wind power, efficiency, carbon capture, nuclear energy, methane emissions, and sequestration. These steps can reduce emissions in the near term, strengthen the foundation for longer-term solutions, and contribute to U.S. growth and competitiveness.