Report makes the case for climate action now

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Christiana Figueres. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Best practices from climate policies from across the world could accelerate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, a new UN report has found.

The study by the UN climate change secretariat (UNFCCC) shows how countries can use these proven initiatives to meet the challenge of addressing climate change and sustainable development.

Dianne Penn reports.

The report shows how policies in six key thematic areas not only reduce emissions but also advance critical economic, social and environmental goals. 

For example, ramping up renewable energy—one of the thematic areas—holds significant promise for large-scale emissions reductions. 

Practically all countries have renewable energy resources they can use, and the report cites information which shows the sector could meet 95 per cent of global energy demand by 2050. 

Countries have been submitting their national climate action plans, known as INDCs, ahead of the conference to agree a new treaty to keep the global average temperature rise below two degrees Celsius. 

Christiana Figueres is head of the UN climate change secretariat (UNFCCC).

"The INDCs in their aggregate do make a huge dent in the projected increase in temperature that we would have by the end of the century. But if they were fully implemented, we would be on a track of anywhere between 2.7 or three degrees which is a much, much better projection in temperature rise. However, it is not yet two degrees, or below two degrees, 1.5, which is what some countries still need for their survival and their safety."

The report also lists barriers that are preventing greater action such as insufficient subsidies for low carbon fuels and clean energy.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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