Paris climate accord emission reduction targets and real-life reductions offered.
Our planet is in the “red alert” as governments do not achieve their climate objectives, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday.
Mr Guterres said in a statement:”Today’s interim report from the UNFCCC 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,
In the 2015 Paris climate agreement, countries committed to reducing carbon emissions and stopping global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius – and, if possible, 1.5 degrees Celsius – by the end of the century – in order to avert the most damaging effects of climate change.
Experts warn that going over the threshold will unleash more heatwaves and hot summers, increased sea level rises, worse droughts and rains, fires, floods and food shortages for millions of people.
In order to achieve the temperature-limiting target, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that by 2030, the population needs to cut its CO2 emissions by roughly 45% from 2010 levels and achieve net zero by 2050.
Despite increased efforts, plans to reduce carbon emissions presented to the UNFCCC “far short” what is necessary, indicating that countries “strengthen their mitigation commitments under the Paris Agreement,” commitments under the Paris Agreement, the report says.
The report showed that updated climate action plans – which cover 40% of signatories to the 2015 Paris agreement, which accounted for 30% of the world’s emissions – would add up to a net combined reduction of only 0.5% compared to 2010 level by 2030.
Guterres called on major emitters to step up their carbon cutting efforts and seize the Covid 19 pandemic as an opportunity “build back greener and better.”
A new UN Climate Change report shows that climate plans submitted so far by countries do not put us on a path to meet the Paris Agreement goals.
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) February 26, 2021
The NDC Synthesis Report, which covers around 30% of global emissions, is a wake-up call for the 🌏.
It shows that we are far away from a pathway that will meet our #ParisAgreement goals.
In 2021, we have a rare opportunity to turn this trend around. #COP26 must be a success.
— Patricia Espinosa C. (@PEspinosaC) February 26, 2021
We are nowhere near the level of ambition needed to meet the #ParisAgreement goals.
Nationally Determined Contributions of major emitters must set more ambitious targets for 2030.
Long-term commitments must be matched by immediate actions that people & planet desperately need. https://t.co/UZQoeOUtdP
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) February 26, 2021