Country: Global / Non-Specific
Keywords: Climate Smart
2015 is a year of unprecedented opportunity. This year’s landmark intergovernmental conferences – the International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July, the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in New York in September, the G20 Summit in Antalya in November, and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December – have the potential to advance a new era of international cooperation which can help countries at all income levels build lasting development and economic growth while reducing climate risk.
This report identifies 10 key areas of opportunity for stronger climate action which will also bring significant economic benefits. Together, it is estimated that these could achieve at least 59% and potentially as much as 96% of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global warming under 2°C. Cooperation of multiple kinds between governments, city authorities, businesses, international organizations and civil society can help to realize the full economic benefits of these actions. It can scale up technological change, expand markets, reduce costs, address concerns about international competitiveness, spread best practice and increase the flows of finance.
Updated: October 25, 2021