The path to a low-carbon future
The Paris Agreement has galvanised global commitment to taking strong action on climate change. To limit the average global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius, the future will involve a mix of new technologies, business scenarios and personal decisions. The Grantham Institute is working with policymakers, business leaders and researchers to evaluate decarbonisation pathways and help make the transition to a low-carbon future. ‘The Future We See’ is an animated film that encourages the public to think about how technologies can help to create a future without greenhouse gas emissions.
Report and news story
Report: Expect the unexpected
This report, produced in partnership with Carbon Tracker Initiative, explores the disruptive power of low-carbon technology by looking at how ongoing cost reductions could see solar photovoltaics (PV) and electric vehicles (EVs) impact future demand for coal, oil and gas.
Technologies for a low-carbon future
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities should be net-zero by 2070 in order to limit the average global temperature rise to two degrees, as stipulated in the Paris Agreement.
To achieve this, deployment of existing technology is required, as well as research and innovation so that low-carbon and 'negative emissions' technologies can become commercially viable later this century.
Aviation biofuels: important, achievable, tough to deliver
This briefing paper considers the potential for biojet fuels to reduce the direct carbon emissions from aviation over the long term.
The changing costs of technology in the power sector
This briefing paper looks at how the costs of technology change as we gain experience from using them.
Electrical energy storage for mitigating climate change
This paper explores the role that electrical energy storage technologies could play in a cost-effective transition to a low-carbon electricity system.
Is it better for the climate to drive an electric vehicle?
This infographic shows how much of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is produced by driving an electric car one kilometre in different countries.
How capital affects investment in climate change mitigation
This paper looks at the cost of capital and how it affects investment in climate change mitigation and new low-carbon infrastructure.
Improving the framework for carbon capture and storage
This report looks at improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union.
Low carbon residential heating
This paper provides an overview of the key technical, economic, and environmental issues associated with achieving a low carbon residential sector.
Negative emissions technologies
This paper outlines the practicalities of certain classes of negative emissions technologies and their relevance to climate change mitigation.
Road transport technology and climate change mitigation
This paper looks at how we can rapidly reduce emissions from vehicles and accelerate the transition to low-carbon vehicles.
Solar power for CO2 mitigation
This paper explores the potential for existing and emerging solar photovoltaic technologies to deliver rapid transformation of our energy systems.
Solar-thermal and hybrid photovoltaic-thermal systems
This paper outlines the potential for the mass deployment of solar-thermal technologies.
Hear from the experts
China's energy technologies to 2050
Professor Ajay Gambhir on China's energy technologies to 2050
Senior Policy Research Fellow, Mr Ajay Gambhir, discusses China's carbon dioxide emissions and the challenges and opportunities the country faces in transitioning to a low-carbon energy system.
Developments in solar photovoltaic technology
Professor Jenny Nelson on developments in solar photovoltaic technology
Professor Jenny Nelson discusses developments in solar photovoltaic technology, its role in climate change mitigation and the uptake of solar power across the globe.
Electrical energy storage technologies - an introduction
Dr Sheridan Few on why we need electrical energy storage and the technologies involved.
Grantham Research Associate Dr Sheridan Few discusses why we need electrical energy storage, the key technologies involved and his predictions for the future of energy storage.
Halving global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050
Professor Nilay Shah on halving global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050
Professor Nilay Shah discusses the need to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and some of the technologies needed as we transition towards a low carbon energy system.
Negative emissions technologies
Professor Nilay Shah on negative emissions technologies
Professor Nilay Shah discusses negative emissions technologies and how they could contribute to climate mitigation efforts.
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from industry
Dr Tamaryn Napp discusses reducing carbon dioxide emissions from industry
Dr Tamaryn Napp discusses global industrial carbon emissions and how they could be reduced.
Find out more
15 Minutes into the Future podcast
Hear from experts about the opportunities in a low carbon future.
- What if climate change wasn't the main reason to switch away from fossil fuels? Professor Michael Molitor theorises that a far more compelling argument is fossil fuels' inability to continue driving exponential economic growth. Listen now
Comment and opinion on the Grantham Institute blog
Browse our blog for comment and opinion from staff and students at Imperial College London.
Explore the societal aspect of climate change mitigation
From papers based on behaviour change, to reports looking at policy frameworks, we have a broad range of publications dedicated to various aspects of climate change mitigation.