G7+EU INDCs: some improvement, but a large emissions gap remains

Climate Action Tracker policy brief

Published: 04/06/2015

Ambitious greenhouse gas reduction proposals by the G7 and the EU states are central for a successful outcome in Paris. These countries are responsible in aggregate for around 30% of global greenhouse gases emissions and 40% of global GDP.

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has analysed the aggregate effect of G7+EU INDCs on closing the 2˚C and 1.5˚C emissions gap in the period 2020-2030. The analysis finds that current policies in the G7 and EU are projected to only stabilise emissions through to 2030 at nearly present levels, whereas a rapid decline in emissions is needed.

The G7 and EU 2020 pledges only bring emissions 5% of the way towards emissions levels consistent with 2°C and 1.5°C in that year. There is a need to upgrade efforts to reduce emissions before 2020 in order to make it easier to rapidly reduce emissions in the 2020s.

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