07 November 2011

We must urgently reduce global green house gas (GHG) emissions to limit the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has indicated this is necessary to prevent the world from the worst impacts of climate change.

Developed countries as a group will have to reduce their emissions by between 25-40% below 1990 levels to do so. Yet, this may not even be sufficient to prevent some island states and coastal cities from disappearing altogether.

Global emission cuts

According to CIDSE global emissions should peak by 2015. Developed countries should peak their emissions before this date and acknowledge that many developing countries will do so after this date.

To reach the 2°C target we must close the ‘9 Gigatonne Gap’. This is the gap between the emission reductions countries have agreed to and the cuts science says are required.

For the long term, CIDSE calls for a reduction in global emissions of at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, ensuring that each country contributes its fair share to reach this objective.


As far as mitigation efforts and climate action are concerned, the EU needs to take on its role of leader within the climate talks with responsibility and integrity. The EU has already committed to cutting its emissions with 20% by 2020, but should move unilaterally to at least 40% by the same date.  


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