Emerging economies

Potentials, pledges and fair shares of greenhouse gas reductions

Published: 30/04/2013

Greenhouse gas emissions need to decrease substantially to limit global average temperature to a maximum of 2°C warming above the preindustrial level in 2100. Emerging economies are of increasing importance in this global effort. In this report we assess how ambitious emission reduction pledges of emerging economies are compared to business as usual emissions, the countries' mitigation potential and respective efforts based on different equity principles. We also compare the pledges and the identified mitigation potential of emerging economies to a global emissions pathway needed to limit global temperature increase to 2°C. Our assessment includes Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea.

Ecofys prepared this report together with the Wuppertal Institute and Climate Analytics as commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency.

The full report is available for download at the German Federal Environment Agency.

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Katja Eisbrenner
Climate Strategies and Policies
View of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil was among the assessed countries