Clean tech jobs to power green growth is considered a no-brainer by progressive policy makers, NGOs and businesses, and the idea forms the core of the UN’s Year of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL). But some economists, academics and environmental thinkers increasingly question its central premise.
The “mammoth challenge” facing the planet could be illustrated by the fact that annual efficiency gains of 0.7%-1% over the last 25 years would need to increase ten-fold every year to 2050 to contain global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, he said.
“A purely arithmetical point of view would tell us that the techno fix can’t work,” Hoffmann added. “I’m afraid to say that if trends continue unabated we are looking at climate change of between 4-6 degrees, which will have apocalyptic implications, and those who have contributed least to it will be the first and worst affected.”