On October 27, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the Emissions Gap Report 2022 (Emissions Gap Report 2022)
The report states that, based on the National Autonomous Contributions (NDCs) currently submitted by countries, the global average temperature will rise by 2.4°C to 2.5°C by 2100, well above the target of 1.5°C to 2°C.
Since the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow in November 2021, several countries have submitted or updated their NDC targets in advance of COP27.
But UNEP’s assessment shows that the latest pledges from countries would currently reduce greenhouse gas emissions by less than 1 percent in 2030, while a 45 percent reduction would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
The report warns that the international community is still far from the Paris target and that “there is no credible pathway to achieve the 1.5°C goal.”
COP27 is currently being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen said, “From COP27 onwards, countries need to take strong action to support the strong rhetoric in the Glasgow Climate Accord to increase investment in adaptation and improve outcomes.”