UNFCCC: “nowhere close” to Paris

The combined impact of climate plans puts them on a current path to achieve a less than one per cent reduction by 2030 compared to 2010 levels according to the latest Synthesis Report.

In examining the combined impact of the 48 new and updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) submitted by its end-of-year deadline UN Climate Change has called for greater ambition to meet the Paris targets.

“2021 is a make or break year to confront the global climate emergency. The science is clear, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C, we must cut global emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 from 2010 levels. Today’s interim report from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is a red alert for our planet. It shows governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The major emitters must step up with much more ambitious emissions reductions targets for 2030 in their Nationally Determined Contributions well before the November UN Climate Conference in Glasgow,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The report was requested by Parties to the Paris Agreement to measure the progress of national climate action plans ahead of COP26 this November in Glasgow. Covering submissions up to 31 December 2020, it shows 75 Parties have communicated a new or updated NDC, representing approximately 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The report shows that while the majority of nations represented increased their individual levels of ambition to reduce emissions, their combined impact puts them on a path to achieve a less than 1 per cent reduction by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, by contrast, has indicated that emission reduction ranges to meet the 1.5°C temperature goal should be around 45 per cent lower.

    Share Story:

Recent Stories