Title: Chapter2: Pre-2020 action: trends, progress and urgency
Publisher: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC103773
ISBN: 978-92-807-3617-5
URI: http://uneplive.unep.org/media/docs/theme/13/Emissions_Gap_Report_2016.pdf
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The strengthened long-term objective of the Paris Agreement amplifies the urgency of enhancing early mitigation action. Enhanced early action facilitates a transition to the stringent, long-term emission reductions required to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Furthermore, it is critical for pursuing the 1.5°C target. Although there are encouraging signs of mitigation action, the current level of action is very far from what is required to move towards alignment with the strengthened objective of the Paris Agreement. Total global greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, and although the growth in global CO2 emissions – a major contributor to total global greenhouse gas emissions – has shown encouraging signs of levelling out over the past two years, it is too soon to tell whether this is likely to be permanent. G20 member countries and states continue to make progress towards achieving their Cancun Pledges, but current trends indicate that, overall, the continuation of current levels of action is likely to result in total global greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 that are in line with the weakest Cancun Pledge scenario considered in previous Emissions Gap Reports.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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