Only one nation is on track to meet global climate targets with Kenya not far behind
It’s only one nation on track to meet the global climate goals as per the Paris Climate Accord of 2015. This is according to a recent analysis by the Climate Action Tracker; a collaboration of two scientific institutions, Climate Analytics and New Climate Institute.
According to the new analysis, more than 35 nations including the largest emitters fall short of their commitments to curb climate change with an exception of only one African nation.
The report rated countries on domestic climate policies, action, and land use, international financial support and emissions targets, and if those targets represent a ‘fair share of emissions reductions or include international aviation and shipping.
Of the 36 countries assessed and the European Union, only one nation from Africa was given an overall climate rating compatible with stabilizing global warming around 1.5 °C as per the Paris Climate Accord.
The country is The Gambia, a small West African nation that appears to be taking bold steps to up its renewable energy use.
Other seven countries including Kenya, Costa Rica, Morocco, Ethiopia, Nepal, Nigeria, and the UK are not far much behind, scoring “almost sufficient” implying they could get back on track to 1.5 °C “with moderate improvements.”
Strangely, the US, EU, and Germany their overall rating score was “insufficient” despite their raft of new strategies to update their climate goals.
Other major emitters such as Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, and Russia, are stuck on the same or even less ambitious 2030 targets than what they put forward in 2015, at the Paris Agreement according to the report.
Only a few countries are on track to cut carbon emissions and limit runaway climate change to 1.5 °C Celsius of global warming, despite signing the Paris Climate Accord in 2015.
“Even countries with strong targets are mostly not on track to meet them, while more have failed to bring forward stronger commitments for 2030,” the report says.
“We estimate that with current actions global emissions will be at roughly today’s level in 2030, we would be emitting twice as much as required for the 1.5 °C limits.”
Policies to deliver financial support to fund clean energy projects in developing countries are also falling short, the analysis found.
The damning results also resound in the aftermath of historic heatwaves, floods, and severe wildfires which have devastated Europe and North America in recent months will continue.
“An increasing number of people around the world are suffering from ever more severe and frequent impacts of climate change, yet government action continues to lag behind what is needed,” said the climate scientist Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics, who co-authored the Climate Action Tracker report.
“Anyone would think they have all the time in the world, when in fact the opposite is the case,” climate policy expert Niklas Höhne, of the German-based NewClimate Institute added.