Zero Emissions

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The Zero Emissions Working Group was founded on December 1st 2010 in Cancun, Mexico. On this page you can find our work programme. We need all the help we can get, so please take a look and find out how you can come into the picture! Please also join our mailing list.


Fossil Fuel Extraction Phase-out/Leaving it in the Ground

*What needs to be done:

  • Find out who is investing in research&development in non-conventional oil, tar sands (Tar sands campaigns by Indigenous Environmental Network, Greenpeace Canada), etc: Companies developing technologies for getting more oil out of the ground are: Schlumberger, Shell and Petrobras. For tar sands it is companies active in Canada and for heavy crude it is PDVSA.
  • Research fossil reserves in your city/region/country;
  • Initiate a discussion about which part of the reserves in your city/region/country should be left in the ground;
  • Talk to the Saudi-Arabian government (and experts on Saudi politics) to brainstorm ways how they could turn into "climate champions". - get renewable technology for production cuts (still earning the same money with less production!)
  • Read BPs Frontiers Magazine for a first impression, talk to experts directly
  • Check The Oil Drum, link up with those people
  • Check the Oil & Gas Journal for numbers on reserves and R&D trends and information
  • Get data on fossil reserves from IMF and/or World Bank reserve experts (they evaluate them independently)

Getting to Zero Fossils

Global Zero Emissions Plans

Today, most ambitious plans stop at carbon neutrality. Given the limitations of offsetting and the biosphere in absorbing (and "neutralizing") fossil carbon, the ultimate goal needs to be zero fossil emissions and a sustainable land use. So the sequence goes: low carbon, carbon neutral, zero emissions. The plans that make significant steps towards that goal are listed below, categorized according to their geographical scale.

Low-carbon Plans

National Plans




  • What needs to be done: Bring together actors to design a zero emissions plan/strategy/study in your country; Initiate a discussion about when your country should reach zero emissions.

Regional Plans


  • What needs to be done: Bring together actors to design a zero emissions plan/strategy/study in your region; Initiate a discussion about when your region should reach zero emissions.

City Plans




  • What needs to be done: Find out about more cities with zero emissions goals or strategies, best-practices, methods, tools etc. and add them here.
  • Bring together actors to design a zero emissions plan/strategy/study in your city; Initiate a discussion about when your city should reach zero emissions.

Individual Level

Climate Positive Movement Kjell and a few friends are trying to live a climate-positive life since 2011.

Future Box Put one Euro into the Future Box for every Euro you spend on fossil fuels. Use this money to speed up the energy transition in your home and your country. And to show solidarity with the victims of climate change. Only for super-committed folks!

  • What needs to be done: Find more people to join and go climate positive. Develop the accounting tool to easy usability for everyone. Invite more people to use the future box at home.

Sectoral outlooks

UNFCCC Inventory

  • UNFCCC Zero Emissions Inventory - Where do we stand? To be completed by all UNFCCC Parties.

(Form for download, Online Form)

  • Answers received so far: Maldives
  • What needs to be done: Get answers to the questions from all UNFCCC countries or simply find out the answers.

Global Carbon Budget

Probabilities for Long-term Stabilization
Probabilities for Long-term Stabilization
  • German WBGU and Bolivia are pushing the approach
  • UK seems fine with it, they translated it into national policy.
  • When you talk about a carbon budget, you do not get definitive results, only probabilities. Here is a picture of probabilities of temperature increase at different CO2 ppm stabilization levels from Michiel Schaeffer, Climate Analytics.
  • Wigley, Tom M. L. (2010), The effect of cutting CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. (blog post)
  • What needs to be done: Find out which countries and organizations have been pushing the budget approach, which strategies they used and to what success. Brainstorm ways to get this onto the agenda and into national discussions.

Historical lessons

Other initiatives

Seemingly related, but not really:

  • "Zero-Emissions" cars - Calling electric cars "zero emissions cars" is currently quite misleading, since those cars are not manufactured and operated with renewable energy.
  • Zero Emissions Platform is a Carbon Capture and Storage promotion facility

Personal tools

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