For the Talanoa dialogue: Steps towards global decarbonisation in key emitting sectors

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has submitted another paper to the Talanoa Dialogue, in an answer to the Dialogue’s “How do we get there?” question.

The recently published IPCC 1.5°C Special Report highlights the need for deep emission reductions and urgent action in all sectors to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C. All key emitting sectors have to strengthen and accelerate decarbonisation efforts, and this is what our submission focuses on.

This submission assesses sectoral progress toward decarbonisation on a global level and outlines concrete steps that can be taken in key emitting sectors to bring emissions in line with a Paris Agreement compatible pathway: electricity generation, passenger and freight road transportation, buildings envelope and appliances, heavy industries and agriculture.

The key climate actions highlighted in the paper are:

  • Electricity generation: phase out coal and increase the share of renewables
  • Road Transportation: accelerate deployment of zero emission vehicles
  • Buildings: Implement and enforce building codes with high energy efficiency standards and incentivise deep renovation rates
  • Industry: develop low carbon production capacities
  • Agriculture: reduce waste, shift to healthy diets, farm efficiently

The CAT submission is based on our sectoral analyses that illustrate required pathways for safeguarding the global temperature limit and on our tracking of decarbonisation progress through our data portal. The portal tracks 41 sectoral indicators for 34 countries and the world and compares projected (I)NDC and current policy pathways with national and sectoral decarbonisation rates consistent with the Paris Agreement.

CAT assesses governments’ mitigation targets and actions and aggregates them at a global level. In the spirit of the Talanoa Dialogue, this submission focuses on global progress. More information on individual countries is available here.

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