Bridging the emissions gap - The role of non-state and subnational actors

Emissions Gap Report

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 2018 will be released in November 2018. It 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. This year’s report also looks at fiscal policy, the role of innovation, and the role of non-state and subnational action. The report is being prepared by an international team of leading scientists, assessing all available information.

Pre-release of chapter on non-state climate action

Ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (San Francisco, 12-14 September 2018) a chapter on climate action by non-state actors such as cities, regions, business and investors, is pre-released. It provides an assessment of the role, impact and potential impact of non-state and subnational actors such as cities, states, regions, companies, investors, foundations, and civil society organizations. It also discusses the interaction between governments and non-state actors, the importance of government support for non-state action, and the need for non-state actors to follow good practices such as clear target setting and better reporting and monitoring.