Gap Analysis with Paris Pledges

December 2014

Michael Wolosin and Maria Belenky created this white paper discussion draft looking at the domestic pledges nations are expected to put forward over the next few months during the run-up to the Paris climate talks in December 2015. They explored how far these pledges could go to meeting the global goal of limiting climate change to two degrees Celsius. Climate Advisers found that just domestic pledges could account for up to half of the emissions reduction the world needs through 2030, and essentially keep global emissions flat through the 2020s. That is entirely without taking into account what more could be achieved through international finance or mitigation partnerships.