Decarbonizing the world energy system by mid-century to meet the 1.5° limit encouraged by the Paris Agreement requires comprehensive measures by all signatories to the Agreement. COP26 represents a decisive opportunity to put nations on the path to decarbonization by 2050 as countries raise their ambitions in their nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies under the Paris Agreement. Engineers are key actors within this process, as they have the technical knowledge, skills, and expertise to plan and help implement an inclusive and sustainable pathway to decarbonization.
The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) is a global, high-level body of engineers and energy system experts, with geographical and gender balance, that will be tasked to publish reports and briefs on engineering solutions to decarbonization. They will thereby contribute to the UN Secretary General’s Coalition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and to the UN generally on engineering pathways to achieve comprehensive decarbonization by mid-century. The work of the CEET will be undertaken by recognized global experts operating in their personal capacities and responding to requests for information and guidance by the UN. The CEET will be co-chaired by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and will engage important partners from the United Nations (UN), academia and business sectors.