Oct 07, 2015 - 11:00am
In the last month more than 80 countries submitted their
initial emission reduction commitments to the UN, bringing t
he total number of nations with
post-2020 targets to 147. This means that over 85 per c
ent of global emissions are now covered by post-2020
The major emerging economies Brazil, India and South
Africa – otherwise known as the BASIC bloc – were
among those who submitted targets last month. These
submissions, as well as recent policy announcements
from China, are the focus of The Climate Institute's October update of global climate action, accessible in full below.
With most major emitters and economies now having
initial offers of the action they will take after 2020 to limit
emissions, focus will shift to the elements of the Paris
agreement that ensure stronger action through time.
Some analysis indicates that if the new targets are
achieved, the world will be on a path to closing the gap
between current projections and the agreed goal to limit
global warming to less than 2°C.
groups suggest that these commitments would limit
global warming to about 2.7°C – still a catastrophic
warming but far better than the 4°C projections.
Others show warming in the
order of 3°C.
Paris agreement can facilitate ratcheting up action q
uickly by ensuring that:
+ country targets are updated every five years;
+ country commitments and actions are transparent
+ the world's poorest nations are helped to participate in climate change solutions.
Please scroll down to download and read the full update.