To prevent climate disaster, the world aims to reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even, as asked by the latest science, to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
To achieve these ambitious yet necessary goals, the world’s countries, cities, companies, investors and citizens must join together and take decisive action. The transition to renewable energy and resilience and adaptation to the impact of climate, particularly in those communities and nations that are most vulnerable, is key for a secure and sustainable energy future.
The aim of today’s Climate Action Summit is for the world’s leaders to put in place concrete, realistic plans to stop the increase in emissions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Achieving these drastic changes will involve disruption of national economies and investment of enormous resources in new and scalable energy technologies and engineering solutions to make shifts in the fossil fuel economy, ending subsidies for fossil fuels and high-emitting agriculture and replacing them with renewable solar and wind, electric vehicles and climate-smart practices.
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