Pledges not enough to meet 2 deg C target

RABAT • National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even if fully implemented, would cap global warming at 3 deg C rather than the 2 deg C targeted to avoid dangerous consequences, the European Commission said.

European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said 149 countries had submitted pledges, known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), ahead of pivotal climate change talks in Paris in December.

He said on Monday: "According to our in-house studies, we will be at around 3 deg C (above levels before the Industrial Revolution) at the end of the century with these INDCs implemented."

The commission's analysis matches a similar conclusion by the UN last month.

The 149 states that have submitted promises cover 90 per cent of global emissions, Mr Canete told reporters on the sidelines of a pre-Paris preparatory meeting in Morocco's capital, Rabat.

The final goal is 200 governments committing to the halving of world emissions by 2050.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'Pledges not enough to meet 2 deg C target'. Subscribe