Report finds green coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recovery could cut predicted emissions by a quarter

Report finds green coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recovery could cut predicted emissions by a quarter

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) annual Emissions Gap Report 2020 has found that a ‘green’ pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse has emissions. This would help bring 2030 emissions close to the levels needed for the two-degree goal of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Although there was a dip in carbon dioxide emissions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the world is still on track for a temperature increase in excess of three degrees by 2030. The report argues that government investment in climate action as part of pandemic recovery could help reduce this, and that reforming consumption behaviour is also of critical importance.

The report can be read in full here.

Source: Green pandemic recovery essential to close climate action gap – UN repo

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