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OTTAWA – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat today released an analysis of the aggregate impact of government pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions for the Paris negotiations (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, INDCs).
The Secretariat analysis shows that government pledges, if implemented, could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions from where they otherwise would be. While these reductions are welcome and would contribute to the global transition to a 100% renewable energy system, the report also shows that with current commitments, the world is set to use 75% of the global carbon budget required to keep the world from exceeding 2oC warming above pre-industrial levels within 15 years (2030). Without further action we remain on track to at least 2.7oC warming above pre-industrial levels, and with only a 66% chance of success (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s definition of “likely”).
“The world is not out of the woods yet”, says Louise Comeau, Executive Director, of Climate Action Network – Réseau action climat Canada. “There are serious shortfalls in level of ambition that have to be addressed at the Paris climate negotiations this December.”
As Canada’s new federal government prepares to lead the country in Paris, we note three key actions that should be taken:
- Canada must bring to Paris a substantial financial commitment to support less developed countries to cut emissions, adapt and cope with loss and damage.
- Canada must push for a Paris Agreement that has a robust assessment mechanism that coordinates deeper target setting with five-year commitment periods and reviews. To show the world that we are serious Canada must promise to review and improve our Paris offer
- Canada must promise to have a plan to ensure the country reaches its Paris commitments as early in 2016 as is possible.
For more information, contact: Louise Comeau, 506 238 0355, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNFCCC Release/Report: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/indc-synthesis-report-press-release/