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 UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2017 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.
The report has been prepared by an international team of leading scientists, assessing all available information. The governments of countries mentioned specifically in the report have been invited to comment on the specific assessment findings; independent experts have also been invited to review the different chapters.
Chapter 1: Scoping the Emissions Gap Report 2017
Chapter 2: Pre-2020 action: trends and progress
Chapter 3: The emissions gap and its implications
Chapter 4: Bridging the gap – sectoral greenhouse gas emission reduction potentials in 2030
Chapter 5: Bridging the gap – Phasing out coal
Chapter 6: Bridging the gap – The role of short-lived climate pollutants
Chapter 7: Bridging the Gap – Carbon dioxide removal