Planning to fail? How science can respond to reduced climate mitigation ambition

Paper June 2024


Greg Marsden, Tim Schwanen


The prospect of remaining within 1.5C of planetary warming relies on developed economies tracking
increasingly steep and challenging emission reduction pathways. This paper explores how the UK is
now proactively planning to miss its targets, using the surface transport sector as a critical case. It
discusses how the research–policy interface might both challenge downgraded ambition and provide
more actionable routes forward.