Posted on 26 November 2019
The UN Environment Programme today released its annual Emissions Gap Report
, and the key findings are unequivocal: Unless global greenhouse gas emissions fall by 7.6 per cent each year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.
The report finds that even if all current climate plans (or Nationally Determined Contributions) pledged under the Paris Agreement are implemented, temperatures are expected to rise by 3.2°C, bringing even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts. Collective ambition must increase more than fivefold over current levels to deliver the cuts needed over the next decade for the 1.5°C goal.
G20 nations collectively account for 78 per cent of all emissions, but only five G20 members have committed to a long-term zero emissions target.
Responding to the report’s findings, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice
said: “We can no longer ignore the folly of business as usual while the world around us crumbles in the face of the climate crisis. We have no choice but to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is the responsibility of all nations to do so, but developed countries – especially the G20 nations – have particular responsibility to the world. We need and welcome climate leadership across but particularly from these nations. Without the political will to increase ambition and transformative climate action ramping-up exponentially, we doom our children to an unthinkable future.”
Vanessa Perez-Cirera, deputy leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice
said: “As we head to the next round of UN Climate talks, starting next week in Madrid, we expect governments to announce bold action to reduce emissions rapidly and at scale. Exiting from coal and crafting public policies to allow the natural ramp-up of renewable energy - already the cheapest form of energy; supporting and scaling nature-based solutions; and engaging with progressive coalitions of business and non-state actors already implementing coordinated climate action are some of the things that could help countries enhance their climate pledges (or Nationally Determined Contributions) already in Madrid or latest by October 2020.”