China, US and EU post-2020 plans reduce projected warming

Climate Action Tracker policy brief

Published: 08/12/2014

For the first time since 2009, the Climate Action Tracker has calculated a lower projected warming over the 21st century than before—because of the new proposed post-2020 actions from China, the US and the EU. However, this is still not enough to limit warming below 2°C.

If China, the United States and the European Union, who together comprise around 53% of global emissions, fully implement their new, post-2020 plans, they would limit global temperature rise to around 3°C by 2100, between 0.2°C and 0.4°C lower than it would have been prior to their announcements. These announcements are more ambitious than previous commitments, and represent significant progress, but remain insufficient to limit warming below 2°C.

The Climate Action Tracker is a joint research project of Climate Analytics, Ecofys, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and NewClimate Institute.

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