UN: National emission reduction plans are not enough

30 October 2015

A UN report presented this Friday affirms that the national plans for voluntary reductions of polluting gases presented by some 150 countries are an important contribution to the efforts to limit global warming, but warns that they are not enough to maintain the increase in temperature. globally below two degrees Celsius.

In a statement, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), Christiana Figueres, stressed that these plans, implemented together, “represent the beginning of a significant decrease in the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse effect “and highlighted his confidence that the proposals presented so far” are not the last word “of countries on what they are willing to do and achieve.

The report indicates that the proposals evaluated have the ability to drastically slow down the rate of emissions into the atmosphere and will contribute to lowering emissions per capita in the next 15 years. If these efforts materialize, pollutant emissions would be reduced by 8% by 2025 compared to the level of 1990 and by 9% by 2030, but the reduction in the increase in global temperature that they would achieve would be 2.7 degrees.

Figueres indicated that national contributions can be even more ambitious as financial resources are mobilized and multilateral cooperation is boosted during the climate summit to be held in Paris in December.

To date 156 national proposals have been received. However, this report only analyzes those submitted by 146 countries up to October 1. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is made up of 196 parties, including the European Union representing 28 countries, which gives this treaty an almost universal character.

30 October 2015

A UN report presented this Friday affirms that the national plans for voluntary reductions of polluting gases presented by some 150 countries are an important contribution to the efforts to limit global warming, but warns that they are not enough to maintain the increase in temperature. globally below two degrees Celsius.

In a statement, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), Christiana Figueres, stressed that these plans, implemented together, “represent the beginning of a significant decrease in the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse effect “and highlighted his confidence that the proposals presented so far” are not the last word “of countries on what they are willing to do and achieve.

The report indicates that the proposals evaluated have the ability to drastically slow down the rate of emissions into the atmosphere and will contribute to lowering emissions per capita in the next 15 years. If these efforts materialize, pollutant emissions would be reduced by 8% by 2025 compared to the level of 1990 and by 9% by 2030, but the reduction in the increase in global temperature that they would achieve would be 2.7 degrees.

Figueres indicated that national contributions can be even more ambitious as financial resources are mobilized and multilateral cooperation is boosted during the climate summit to be held in Paris in December.

To date 156 national proposals have been received. However, this report only analyzes those submitted by 146 countries up to October 1. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is made up of 196 parties, including the European Union representing 28 countries, which gives this treaty an almost universal character.