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Climate change adaptation

Getting on track for 1.5 °C

20 January 2022

How governments and businesses can supercharge decarbonisation

This climate leadership handbook, Getting on track for 1.5 °C – How governments and businesses can supercharge decarbonisation, points to key actions that governments and businesses can and must take now to decarbonize and remain competitive.

The content of the handbook is as follows:

Action is cheaper than inaction
A potential 1.5 °C future holds numerous benefits, which is in stark contrast to the detrimental consequences of runaway climate change.

A global energy system in need of transformation
A decarbonised energy system can tackle 73 % of global emissions. We lay out why leadership is needed to supercharge the energy transition.

How governments can decarbonise and scale power generation
The private sector is ready to deliver on the huge green electrification of the energy system. We highlight the steps governments can take to unlock that investment

How to scale renewable hydrogen for hard-to-electrify sectors
Hydrogen and green fuels can decarbonise activities that cannot easily be decarbonised through electrification. We highlight five steps to scale supply and demand for these technologies to achieve cost-effectiveness.

What the private sector must do
The private sector must lead in delivering the investment and solutions needed to combat climate change. We showcase tangible actions companies can take to ensure climate and nature are at the heart of business.

Ørsted’s commitment
At Ørsted, we try to practice what we preach by decarbonising our entire supply chain and bringing biodiversity and circularity requirements front and centre.

The energy system of the future
A world that runs entirely on green energy is within our grasp. Here is what the energy system of the future could look like.

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Water management


Ensuring water security for a growing world

Achieving a sustainable balance between supply and demand and making sure we have enough water – of the right quality – for the purpose for which it is needed is key to achieving water security for our growing world. However, with the judicious application of smart technologies, sound policy-making, workable regulations, collaboration between the public and private sector and an appreciation of the real cost of water, it is possible to achieve this goal.


Air pollution


Creating smart, green and liveable cities

By 2030, six out of ten people will live in urban areas. City dwellers must contend with increased congestion, waste and water management issues as well as overcrowded, polluting transportation systems. All of this poses direct negative effects on citizens’ physical health and wellbeing. This is the reason why the United Nations has chosen to focus specifically on sustainable cities and communities in their Sustainable Development Goal number 11 (SDG 11).