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The race to zero emissions

In an effort to drive governments to commit to faster and deeper emission reductions, the UN Secretary General invited leaders to announce stronger commitments at the Climate Action Summit on 23 September under the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.

So what can governments do so that we can win this race? With the Paris Agreement, pretty much all governments agreed to curb dangerous climate change and limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. But the level of climate action is nowhere near where it needs to be to reach this goal. If governments implement the pledges they put forward as part of the Paris climate agreement, the world would warm by about 3°C at the end of the century.

Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Change in its ground-breaking report warned of the increased risks of devastating climate impacts, should global average temperature exceed 1.5°C, emphasizing that even half a degree matters. It has also shown that it is feasible to limit warming to 1.5°C and outlined pathways for achieving this, at the same time urging that the transformations required for this need to happen very rapidly and carbon emissions need to halve within the next decade.

Our event will present a number of scenarios for improving the current round of climate pledges (NDCs), show how these improvements could lower the projected global temperature rise, and what global developments can help make this possible.

The event will include an update on any new pledges presented at the UNSG summit and a panel discussion with representatives from vulnerable countries, who are not only pushing for more ambitious climate action but are also leading by example, as well as from developed countries (likely UK), who are lifting their game.

You can find more information about the event and a link to register here:

Climate Analytics is a non-profit institute leading on climate science and policy research in relation to the 1.5°C limit in the Paris Agreement.

This event is part of the Energy Transition program of Climate Week NYC.