The world is gaining ground on the road to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as the so-called energy transition takes hold. Whether it hits the goal by 2050, however, remains to be seen.

Some sectors and technologies are not on track. Adding to this challenge is increasing energy demand, though consumption is becoming less carbon intense.

“I’m optimistic that we could get, if not, to net zero at least close to net zero with scaling up many of the technologies we have today and with very significant progress on a large number of other technologies, inclusive of some net negative technologies like direct air capture,” Ryan Wiser, senior scientist of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s electricity markets and policy department, said April 13 during UT Energy Week.

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