The Emissions Gap Report 2017 - Executive Summary

Blok, K. et al., UN Environment Programme Energy Solutions

The Emissions Gap Report 2017 - Executive Summary
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Political, industrial and civil leaders are strengthening and implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Yet current state pledges cover no more than a third of the emission reductions needed, creating a dangerous gap, which even growing momentum from non-state actors cannot close. This report highlights the dangers of that gap, the issues behind it and the means at our disposal to close it.

Fossil fuels and cement production still account for about 70 percent of greenhouses gases. The report shows how a shift in technology and investment can reduce emissions, while creating huge social, economic and environmental opportunities. Even as greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, carbon dioxide emissions from energy and industry have remained largely stable since 2014. This is mainly thanks to, more renewable energy and energy efficiency, and better infrastructure, notably in China and India. 

Read the full report here

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