Paris Agreement Roadmap

Posted on 14. Dec, 2020 by in Uncategorized

In 2011, the European Commission presented a roadmap for a competitive, low-carbon Europe by 2050. The roadmap presented possible measures by 2050 that could enable the EU to achieve greenhouse gas reductions, in line with the internationally agreed 80-95% target, as part of the reductions needed by industrialised countries as a group. The roadmap has set milestones towards the goal, political challenges, investment needs and opportunities in different sectors. In 2015, as part of the Paris climate agreement, all countries pledged to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius and to make “efforts” to keep the rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius. Last year, the climate group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released a disappointing report showing that warming of 1.5oC can occur earlier and with greater than expected effects. Heads of state and government must now take “rapid and far-reaching” measures to reduce emissions to avoid the serious climate impacts that have been warned by the IPCC. So how do we halve CO2 emissions, then cut them in half, then halve them? Here, the authors present a “roadmap” for the specific measures that the world should take each decade, based on the results of current research. This is not the only way to reduce CO2 emissions, but there is an idea of the scale and speed required: the agreement commits all countries to reduce their emissions and cooperate to adapt to the effects of climate change and calls on countries to strengthen their commitments over time. The agreement provides developed countries with a means to assist developing countries in their mitigation and adaptation efforts, while establishing a framework for monitoring and reporting transparently on developing countries` climate goals. The full promise of the Paris Agreement through the 24 measures contained in this Roadmap and other measures should be the global 12-year climate change enterprise. By using the potential of these measures, we can avoid many of the dark effects predicted by climate scientists and leave our children with a legacy of a safer and healthier climate.

The Paris Agreement provides a sustainable framework that guides global efforts for decades to come. The aim is to increase countries` climate ambitions over time. To achieve this, the agreement provides for two review processes, each in a five-year cycle. Others focus on adapting to a changing climate. In the northern Indian city of Gorakhpur, city officials are encouraging a series of tactics – from reducing monoculture to protecting water – to reduce flooding and increase resilience as the monsoon becomes stronger and unpredictable. To help all cities reduce emissions and feel the effects of climate change, WRI and C40 have developed a roadmap for equitable climate action in cities that will involve and use all residents, without unintended pressure on poor and otherwise vulnerable communities.

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