Net Zero Emissions Requires a Comprehensive Approach

You’ve probably heard that DTE has raised eyebrows across Michigan and the entire country by announcing an ambitious new plan. DTE is going beyond its commitment  of 80% carbon reduction to a new goal of reaching for “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050.

Check out these sources to learn more about DTE’s net zero announcement:

What Does Net Zero Mean?

Carbon neutrality—or net zero —refers to eliminating emissions from the atomsphere by capturing the carbon or storing it safety in places like trees and underground rock formations.

Achieving Net Zero by 2050

General consensus among leaders in the energy space is, achieving net zero carbon emissions will require multiple approaches, as well as increased funding for energy storage research and other technology developments, and investments in the grid that will make it more cost-efficient and reliable to integrate renewable energy and other advanced clean energy technologies.

In addition to continuing their investments in universal renewable energy sources like wind and solar, DTE has said it will focus on technology research and development in areas like:

What’s Next

Achieving net zero emissions has implications for—and will ultimately require support from—all parts of our economy, not just local energy providers.  AMP will be exploring various aspects of economy-wide net zero emissions strategies for Michigan over the next several months—and why it matters that a state like Michigan is leading the Midwest when it comes to tackling carbon emissions in such a comprehensive way.