Carbon Law is For All


Gordon Moore’s law of computing survived for 50 years and its new avatar is touted to be the Carbon Law – halving of carbon emissions every decade so that by 2050 the earth would have net zero emissions. This could help limit global warming to under 2 degree Celsius.

The Carbon Law my sound intimidating but experts suggest it can be a simple guide and a roadmap for businesses so that they can limit their carbon footprint by this measure or may do even better. When measuring techniques and technology become more pervasive, even individuals and households could adopt this law.

Experts say this law provides “a simple, broad but quantitative plan that could drive stakeholders to make urgently needed carbon cuts.” Scientists expect that carbon emissions could peak by 2020 and start to taper.

A “carbon law”, which is based on published energy scenarios, would give the world a 75% chance of keeping Earth below the 2°C Paris Agreement target. Already there are signs of this happening as renewable energy capacity doubling every five years all over the world with India and China leading the trend.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, says, “Our civilization needs to reach a socio-economic tipping point soon, and this roadmap shows just how this can happen. In particular, we identify concrete steps towards full decarbonization by 2050. Businesses who try to avoid those steps and keep on tiptoeing will miss the next industrial revolution and thereby their best opportunity for a profitable future.”

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