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Event: The global carbon budget: the numbers that tell the truth on climate action

21 September 2022 | 15.00-16.00


Published August 8, 2022

Last year, global carbon emission trends rebounded to their pre-COVID-19 levels, after an unprecedented decline in 2020 due to international lockdowns.

To keep the world on the pathway to 1.5°C, it was estimated that a “carbon budget” of just 11 years remain at 2021 emissions levels.

New Global Carbon Budget projections, being released at COP27 in Egypt, will showcase how much progress has been made in the past year to reduce CO2 emissions, and how many years of “carbon budget” we have left.

This event will help people learn about the Global Carbon Budget, including the 2021 carbon emissions trends, and the remaining total carbon budget if we are to stay on the 1.5°C pathway.

Talking points will include:

  • Current trends in global carbon emissions
  • The biggest emitters – and what can be done
  • What emissions trends mean for the remaining carbon budget
  • Trends in global energy and the energy transition
  • The impact of land-use change and natural carbon sinks
  • Challenges and recommendations to reach net-zero CO2 emissions, and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius

 

Speakers

Madeleine Jenkins (Moderator), Environmental Finance

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein (Chair), University of Exeter’s Global Systems Institute & lead author of the Global Carbon Budget.

Kingsmill Bond, Rocky Mountain Institute