Paris Agreement Net Zero
In February 2020, an analysis by the Eciu (Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit), a London-based think tank, showed that more than 39 Tsn, or about 49% of global GDP – are generated by nations, regions and cities with a real or projected net zero target. Comments: Joe Biden was elected President of the United States on a climate platform in November 2020 to aim for net zero emissions by 2050. His victory followed four years of climate protection erosion under Donald Trump. Biden has promised a « clean energy revolution » worth $2 trillion and 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, but a weak result for his Democratic Party in the Senate will limit his ability to provide. The Sunrise movement and other grassroots activists are mobilizing to keep the new government in its climate ambitions. But there is a big loophole in the government`s climate proposal, because it does not involve reaching net zero for methane emissions – which probably capture about 30 times more heat in the atmosphere than CO2. Sometimes a net zero target is expressed in the form of total greenhouse gas emissions, sometimes only in CO2. The UK`s Climate Change Act now sets out its target of zero net emissions by 2050 for all greenhouse gases. Two days after Japan`s net zero commitment, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised that his country would also achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, in a speech to the National Assembly in October 2020. More than 100 countries have joined an alliance that aims for net zero emissions by 2050.
It is determined and not always supported by national action. In contrast, Jackson said Australia is « confused in the market. » « On the one hand, it has signed an international agreement that should set it up for net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, » he said. « On the other hand, we keep talking about « low emissions. » We have moved away from a discussion about low emissions. All over the world, we realized that we had to reach zero emissions. Erwin Jackson, policy director at the Investor Group on Climate Change and an observer at international climate conferences since the 1990s, said it was « very clear » that Australia, in ratifying the Paris Agreement, had agreed that global warming should be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius and 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and that commitments should be informed by the latest scientific knowledge.