Is It True That We Have the Tech We Need to Accelerate Net Zero?
And if not, how can we get there?
Every few weeks, I read an article or see a post that makes a claim that is intended to help move the conversation forward on climate change, but doesn't actually help: the claim that we have all the technology we need — we just need the will to implement it.
I get that they're trying to be helpful.
The people who make these statements are trying to motivate average people to take action. They're trying to instill hope, and show that small-scale changes done at large scale, like swapping out gas furnaces for heat pumps, can make a real difference.
They're trying to encourage government policies that can drive these changes, through incentives to encourage better choices, and penalties on the technologies that are the worst offenders, where practical alternatives exist.
It's not really encouraging if it's not true.
But I think the average person knows that some of the technology isn't quite ready for the mainstream market, and most climate tech experts know we have a long way to go in areas the average consumer never thinks about.