With government and business leaders meeting these last two weeks for the UN Climate Change Conference, it is a relief to see that the majority of countries are committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The conversations to date have been focused on what we need to do to get to net zero. It’s increasingly clear that the how is also essential and can’t be overlooked. The Paris Agreement, the international treaty on climate change from 2015, embedded net zero as the target for 2050 and also the concept of a “just transition”: a shift to net zero that is equitable, inclusive, and prosperous. In other words, we can’t leave anyone behind.
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