Fast Transition: A pathway to net zero carbon emissions in North America

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Greenhouse gas emissions in the US power sector declined 33% between 2005 and 2019.

Much deeper reductions are required: IHS Markit's 2021 Fast Transition case demonstrates a pathway to net zero economy by 2050 by:

  • The near total power sector decarbonization by 2040, with residual carbon emissions fully offset
  • Broad electrification of surface transportation and heating loads, leading to a 63% increase in on-grid demand
  • A fifteenfold growth in wind and solar capacity from today
  • Installation of 175 GW of batteries with 10 hours of storage
  • Using flexible demands responsive to when the grid is most stressed - including electrolyzers for hydrogen production

These 5 steps helped to achieve 50% decarbonization economywide by 2035 - and carbon neutrality by 2050.

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