Comment on Climate Action Tracker finding

Richard Black comments on the findings of new analysis by Climate Action Tracker

By Kathy Grenville

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Commenting on the findings of new analysis by Climate Action Tracker [1], which has looked at new climate promises from China and other nations and found that these commitments would mean the rise in temperatures could be held to 2.1C by the end of this century, Richard Black, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“The scale of change in the last few months has been incredible, with pledges from the likes of China and Japan and the incoming Joe Biden team basically halving the gap between where existing policies were taking us and the 1.5ºC Paris Agreement target.

“The big caveat of course is that the majority of countries’ pledges are just that, and delivering them means starting soon to implement policies that will cut carbon in the next few years.

“As countries prepare to publish new carbon-cutting proposals in time for the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement next week, this analysis should give added confidence that the world is heading increasingly swiftly towards a low-carbon economy, and that nations embracing the transition are more likely to prosper in this new world.”