The high-hanging fruit is reachable. The question is how soon?

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When it comes to decarbonization, nothing is easy, but some measures are easier than others. Rapid, widespread deployment of renewable energy is one of the best near-term solutions, and it will reduce emissions substantially but not entirely.

To reach net zero, it will also be necessary to clean up sectors that don’t have readily deployable solutions, like heavy industry and long-distance transport. In technical parlance, these sectors of the economy are called “hard to abate.” We can think of them as the high-hanging fruit of climate action. They may be challenging to reach, but they constitute about 30 percent of global CO2 emissions, so they can’t be ignored.

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