25/09/2019
The race to zero emissions: How countries can improve their climate pledges and close the gap to 1.5°C

25 September 2019, 9-11am
Light breakfast will be available from 8:30am

Scandinavia House
58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

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This event is part of Climate Week NYC, organised by the Climate Group. It takes place from September 23 to 29, 2019. Run in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week continues to grow as the time and place for the world to showcase climate action and discuss how to do more. Businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts organizations, individuals and non- profit organisations participate in the week-long events program including panel discussions concerts, exhibitions, seminars and more.

In an effort to drive governments to commit to faster and deeper emission reductions, the UN Secretary General invited leaders to announce stronger commitments at the Climate Action Summit under the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’ This event during Climate Week NYC, will show a number of scenarios for improving the current round of climate pledges (NDCs), and how these improvements could lower the projected global temperature rise.

In an effort to drive governments to commit to faster and deeper emission reductions, the UN Secretary General invited leaders to announce stronger commitments at the Climate Action Summit under the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’

So what can governments do so that we can win this race?
With the Paris Agreement, pretty much all governments agreed to curb dangerous climate change and limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. But the level of climate action is nowhere near where it needs to be to reach this goal. If governments implement the pledges they put forward as part of the Paris climate agreement, the world would warm by about 3°C at the end of the century.

Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Change in its ground-breaking report warned of the increased risks of devastating climate impacts, should global average temperature exceed 1.5°C, emphasising that even half a degree matters. It has also shown that it is feasible to limit warming to 1.5°C and outlined pathways for achieving this, at the same time urging that the transformations required for this need to happen very rapidly and carbon emissions need to halve within the next decade.

Our event will present a number of scenarios for improving the current round of climate pledges (NDCs), show how these improvements could lower the projected global temperature rise, and what global developments can help make this possible.

The event will include an update on any new pledges presented at the UNSG summit and a panel discussion with representatives from vulnerable countries, who are not only pushing for more ambitious climate action but are also leading by example, as well as from developed countries, who are lifting their game.

Moderation: Richard Black, Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

Programme

8:30 – registration/light breakfast
9:00 – event start
9:05 – What are NDCs and why do governments need to update them this year? – Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics
9:10 – Scenarios for more ambitious climate pledges – Paola Yanguas Parra, Decarbonisation Strategies Lead, Climate Analytics
9:25 – Q&A
9:45 – Panel discussion
10:30 – Q&A /wrap up
10:45 – close of event