CAT’s latest report explores the barriers to getting to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and how these can be overcome. Working within an interdisciplinary framework, the report brings together thinking from researchers working in psychology, sociology, political science, economics and other social sciences, as well as faith and spiritual practice, arts and culture. Drawing on a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, books, reports and articles, as well as stories from real-life projects, it explores ways that we can overcome barriers in innovative ways.
This report was produced in collaboration with Track0 a London-based not-for-profit organisation. Published in 2015, it draws on results from over 100 research projects and programmes that demonstrate how we can reach very low or net zero emissions by the second half of the century.
"The science tells us we must get to zero and this report highlights the blueprints already out there, ready to kickstart the global transformation to zero."
Dr. Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute
Published in July 2014, this supplementary report originated from Zero Carbon Britain research. Adapting the model developed for the scenario in Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future (see below), the report details the impact of various dietary choices on health, greenhouse gas emissions and land use today.
This report was launched in conjunction with Laura's Larder, an online tool developed to explore the impact of your diet on greenhouse gas emissions and health.
Published in July 2013, the latest ZCB scenario report integrates new detailed research on managing the variability in supply and demand of a 100% renewable energy system, and on balancing our land use requirements to provide a healthy low carbon diet.
"Zero Carbon Britain shows that the solutions to our problems do exist... Not only is this essential for a sustainable future but vital for our sense of wellbeing."
Joan Walley MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group
Second report: Zero Carbon Britain 2030: A New Energy Strategy (2010)
Launched in 2010, the second report integrated land use for the first time to address emissions not related to energy, and made a strong economic and employment case to assist decision makers in a post-economic-crash environment.
"Zero Carbon Britain has allowed us to open up crucial conversations with government, Parliament, and the business world about Britain's energy future."
Catherine Martin, Co-ordinator, All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group
First report: zerocarbonbritain: An Alternative Energy Strategy (2007)
The first report was published after a series of expert consultations, in order to improve the national energy debate. It was launched in 2007 as the need for more urgent action on climate change, fossil fuel depletion and inequality became increasingly clear.
Shortly after release, the Liberal Democrats launched their own energy policy: 'Zero Carbon Britain – Taking a Global Lead'.
"These proposals were largely inspired by the Welsh based Centre for Alternative Technology and I would like to thank them for the ground-breaking work."
Lembit Opik MP, then Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of
State for Business and Enterprise
The initial vision: An Alternative Energy Strategy for the UK (1977)
The Zero Carbon Britain project was inspired by earlier work from CAT – the very first Alternative Energy Strategy for the UK, published in 1977. It was the first report on energy published by CAT, based on the first five years of testing and developing new technologies and practical energy solutions at the centre.
Sixteen copies were delivered to Tony Benn's Ministry of Energy. The report showed a radical alternative to the official energy strategy of the time where demand was expected to grow year-on-year, fuelled by North Sea oil reserves and the promise of nuclear power.