Low Energy Demand (LED) study scenario, without using CCS:

LED is one of four illustrative model pathways in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, which does not use CCS and which quantifies the impacts of digitalization, a sharing economy and behavioural change. LED is a low long-term global energy demand scenario. The drastic transformative changes on the energy end-use side enable rapid decarbonisation of the energy supply and near-zero emissions by 2050, and demonstrate significant co-benefits for six of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Editorial

The clock is ticking to achieve the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement. To be clear right from the start: this goal deserves every effort that mankind can pull off. In the name of realism, this is the goal we must focus on now, given the current level of progress in reducing greenhouse gases. However, damage to marine ecosystems will not be avoided even if we reach this goal1. In fact, damage already occurs at current levels of warming, as evidenced by the bleaching of coral reefs2. This may be an inconvenient truth when our current goal is 1.5°C.

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