More countries are commiting to net-zero emissions by 2050. The coalition is growing. But commitments must be backed by bold, credible actions. By every country in the world. Starting now. Net Zero #ItsPossible. Starting now! Starting now! Starting now!

 

For a livable climate:
Net-zero commitments must be backed by credible action

 

Map showing the global coalition for net-zero emissions. Of the 191 Parties to the Paris Agreement, 77 countries have so far submitted a new or updated national action plan – called Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) – as required by the agreement.
  • Net-zero commitment*
  • New or updated NDC **
  • Net-zero commitment and new/updated NDC

UNITED NATIONS Geospatial - The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations. Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties. Final boundary between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan has not yet been determined. A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

 

Sources: * Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit ** UNFCCC

 

The global coalition for net-zero emissions is growing

Along with companies, cities and financial institutions, 131 countries have now set or are considering a target of reducing emissions to net zero by mid-century. While net zero is a critical longer-term goal, steep emissions cuts – especially by the largest greenhouse-gas emitters – are imperative in the next 5 to 10 years in order to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 °C and safeguard a livable climate. Of the 191 Parties to the Paris Agreement, more than 80 countries have so far submitted a new or updated national action plan – called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – as required by the agreement. Their planned combined emissions reductions by 2030 still fall far short of the level of ambition needed to achieve the 1.5 °C goal.

For more information: UNFCCC NDC synthesis report

Most emissions come from just a few countries

  • 3%
    Contribution of the 100 least-emitting countries
  • 68%
    The 10 largest greenhouse gas emitters contribute over two-thirds of global emissions
  • 46%
    The top 3 greenhouse gas emitters contribute 16 times the emissions of the bottom 100 countries
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Source: WRI - Figures are rounded.

Increasing ambition is urgent since current targets fall short

  • 1%
    Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as defined in current NDCs
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  • 45%
    Emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius

Source: UNFCCC NDC synthesis report (Feb 2021)

I welcome the announcement of new and enhanced nationally determined contributions."

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