Perfect can wait, we need action nowThere is no time to wait for the perfect solution, this latest IPCC report shows us that we need to act now if we are to avoid the carbon tipping point says Rinus Vader, Leading Professional Energy Transition Built Environment.
“The IPCC’s detailed analysis – all 3,000 pages of it – sets out the stark reality of our global climate predicament. The urgency underlying the report is the finding that we are on a trajectory which will see the global temperature rise by 3.2°C during the 21st century. Well beyond the 1.5°C cap of the 21st Conference of Parties, which led to the Paris Agreement – and was confirmed at the 26th COP, last year in Glasgow.
We need to dramatically, and rapidly, cut our carbon emissions. Engineers work on a lot of projects whose delivery might take decades, so it’s clear that a new approach is needed.
We need to do everything we can to implement solutions in the short term which will arrest the rate of rise. Alongside this we must continue to invest in and develop the longer-term projects to reduce carbon emissions at all stages of asset lifecycle.
We must stop waiting for a project or technique to be perfect before we bring it online. Quick wins should be given priority funding and focus. Those responsible for the delivery of both short, and longer-term solutions, must look for ways to streamline everything from permits and construction to commissioning and operations.
With this need for short-term solutions in mind, the report is compelling evidence for the use of carbon capture and storage. It also shows that each of us can personally contribute to the effort to bring carbon emissions under control. Changing diets, planting trees (everywhere – not just in the Amazon) and creating ponds and bodies of water in urban areas are just some of the ways that individuals, local authorities, and private companies can contribute. These efforts can’t make a significant difference on their own but with a global effort they might just help stem the rise.”