Technologies and perspectives for achieving carbon neutrality

Fang Wang, Jean Damascene Harindintwali, Zhizhang Yuan, Min Wang, Faming Wang, Sheng Li, Zhigang Yin, Lei Huang, Yuhao Fu, Lei Li, Scott X. Chang, Linjuan Zhang, Jörg Rinklebe, Zuoqiang Yuan, Qinggong Zhu, Leilei Xiang, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Liang Xu, Xin Jiang, Jihua LiuNing Wei, Matthias Kästner, Yang Zou, Yong Sik Ok, Jianlin Shen, Dailiang Peng, Wei Zhang, Damià Barceló, Yongjin Zhou, Zhaohai Bai, Boqiang Li, Bin Zhang, Ke Wei, Hujun Cao, Zhiliang Tan, Liu bin Zhao, Xiao He, Jinxing Zheng, Nanthi Bolan, Xiaohong Liu, Changping Huang, Sabine Dietmann, Ming Luo, Nannan Sun, Jirui Gong, Yulie Gong, Ferdi Brahushi, Tangtang Zhang, Cunde Xiao, Xianfeng Li, Wenfu Chen, Nianzhi Jiao, Johannes Lehmann, Yong Guan Zhu, Hongguang Jin, Andreas Schäffer, James M. Tiedje, Jing M. Chen

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Global development has been heavily reliant on the overexploitation of natural resources since the Industrial Revolution. With the extensive use of fossil fuels, deforestation, and other forms of land-use change, anthropogenic activities have contributed to the ever-increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, causing global climate change. In response to the worsening global climate change, achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is the most pressing task on the planet. To this end, it is of utmost importance and a significant challenge to reform the current production systems to reduce GHG emissions and promote the capture of CO2 from the atmosphere. Herein, we review innovative technologies that offer solutions achieving carbon (C) neutrality and sustainable development, including those for renewable energy production, food system transformation, waste valorization, C sink conservation, and C-negative manufacturing. The wealth of knowledge disseminated in this review could inspire the global community and drive the further development of innovative technologies to mitigate climate change and sustainably support human activities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100180
JournalThe Innovation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 28


  • carbon capture and utilization
  • carbon footprint reduction
  • carbon neutrality
  • carbon sequestration
  • climate change mitigation
  • renewable energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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