APEC’s Low-Carbon Society 2050 and Beyond

This project was designed and implemented from the bottom up – from a small circle of people who have been monitoring climate change and adaptation in the Asia-Pacific for some time. Such participation was chosen to help advance the most informed ideas and recommendations to migrate upstream to ministerial levels. For many participants, the foresight process itself was unique, offering them valuable new tools for addressing the long-term climate change policies demand.


Through the scoping workshop and working group meetings a framework evolved for gathering input and discussing socio-economic mitigation and adaptation strategies for advancing low - carbon societies, including: personal lifestyles, social systems, international trade, economic systems, and effective governance. Core topics were identified, along with a set of predictive statements that were evaluated by international experts through the real-time (RT) Delphi survey process. These findings then formed the framework for the Low-Carbon Society Scenarios.

APEC Low-Carbon Society Scenarios

While the individual groups addressed their assigned topics, all groups also waded into the other four topics. So rather than developing five concise scenarios specific to each topic, a set of more general scenarios emerged. Taken in combination the output from these groups yielded a rather consistent vision, and plausible pathway, to a 2050 low-carbon society.


Recommendations in addressing the challenges, and the path to low-carbon society in Asia-Pacific were made both at national and regional level. The output from this project was used in Thailand’s national science technology and innovation plan, as well as recommended to the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group in 2010. Please visit the project web site at http://www.sti.co.th/lcs2050