Full Title: Degree of Urgency: Accelerating Actions to Keep 1.5°C on the Table
Author(s): Elena Pravettoni, Manuel Schrenk, and Andreas Wagner
Publisher(s): Energy Transitions Commission
Publication Date: November 15, 2022
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This report assesses progress since COP26 and outlines the priority areas for accelerated action at, and beyond, COP27. Despite positive progress at COP26, current country pledges and commitments, even if fully implemented, still do not put the world on trajectory to limit global warming to 1.5°C. If the world is to have even a 50% chance of meeting that objective, COP27 must act as a catalyst to turn broad national commitments into specific actions and pave the way to more forceful measures to phase out coal and end deforestation.
Some voices are challenging whether a 1.5°C trajectory is still feasible. However, each 0.1°C rise above 1.5°C will have hugely significant climate change impacts. The world must continue to aim for this target, and to ensure that any overshoot of it is as low as possible. Both full implementation of COP26 commitments and further progress at COP27 are therefore essential if the world is to have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
Against this backdrop the ETC’s new report Degree of Urgency: Accelerating Action to Keep 1.5°C on the Table highlights three priority areas for accelerated progress.