Emissions Gap Report 2018

27 November 2018

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The goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, as agreed at the Conference of the Parties in 2015, is to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It also calls for efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The annual UN Environment Emissions Gap Report presents an assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement. 

What’s new in this year’s report?

Update on global emissions

This year, the Emissions Gap Report includes an assessment of the emissions associated with the Nationally Determined Contributions and current policies of each of the G20 members, including the European Union. This is in addition to presenting an update on global greenhouse gas emissions and national actions to meet the earlier Cancun pledges. 

Update on emissions gap 

The Report features new information on the ‘emissions gap’, which is the gap between where we are likely to be and where we need to be. It takes into account the latest scientific information, including the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C.  

Ways to bridge the emissions gap

Every year, the report also features ways to bridge the still existing emissions gap. This year these topics are fiscal policy, the role of innovation, the role of non-state and subnational action and ways to increase the ambition of the Nationally Determined Contributions. The report has been prepared by an international team of leading scientists, assessing all available information.