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Wide array of countries include carbon management, hydrogen, and nuclear energy in their climate commitments

April 28, 2022 Work Area: Advanced Nuclear, Carbon Capture, Zero-Carbon Fuels

New analysis from Clean Air Task Force (CATF) finds that both developed and developing countries plan to use advanced low-emission energy and climate technologies like carbon management, hydrogen, and nuclear energy to meet their climate goals – underscoring the importance of increasing funding and advancing research, government support, and international collaboration to commercialize these technologies quickly.  

“There is growing consensus around the world that full decarbonization will require an expanded suite of critical carbon-free technologies,” said Stacey Davis, Climate, Technology, and Innovation Policy Director at CATF. “This new analysis from CATF shows a significant appetite for advanced climate solutions, and should serve as a demand signal for institution funding decarbonization efforts around the world.” 

The report, NDC Assessment: How Do Advanced Low-Emission Energy and Climate Technologies Factor into Nationally Determined Contributions?, summarizes the results of CATF’s review of 42 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It documents which countries and governments plan to rely on carbon management technologies like carbon capture, utilization, storage, and direct air capture, zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia produced using low-carbon methods, and nuclear energy to reach their goals under the Paris Agreement.  

The assessment shows that there is substantial interest in nearly every region of the world to deploy and prove out advanced low-emission energy and carbon management technologies in different contexts and for different applications. Canada, China, UAE, the UK and the U.S. all plan to use all three technology areas as part of their climate plans. Read the full overview of country NDCs here. 

Davis, continued: 

“Each country is unique in terms of its economy, its geopolitical positioning, its geology, its climate, and its stage in the decarbonization process, and each will chart its own course to net-zero emissions. It’s noteworthy, however, how much each of these assessed NDCs have in common. With each of these countries planning to rely on some form of advanced low-emission energy and climate technology, and with the IPCC and IEA acknowledging the importance of these technologies to a net-zero future, there should be no doubt as to the imperative of investing globally in research, demonstration, and development to ensure we can commercialize and rapidly deploy these solutions at scale.”


Press Contact

Troy Shaheen, Communications Director, U.S., Clean Air Task Force, tshaheen@catf.us, +1 845-750-1189 

About Clean Air Task Force 

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. With 25 years of internationally recognized expertise on climate policy and a fierce commitment to exploring all potential solutions, CATF is a pragmatic, non-ideological advocacy group with the bold ideas needed to address climate change. CATF has offices in Boston, Washington D.C., and Brussels, with staff working virtually around the world. 

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