10 September, 2014

China and the US: how does their climate action compare?


Niklas Höhne, Hanna Fekete, Markus Hagemann, Karlien Wouters, Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer, Fabio Sferra, Marie Lindberg, Louise Jeffery, Marcia Rocha, Cindy Baxter

Together, China and the US emit about 35% of today’s greenhouse gas emissions. Current global climate change action is insufficient to limit warming below 2°C. By improving action of China and the US to global best practice, these two largest emitters could decrease domestic emissions to a level compatible with 2°C and together close 23% of the 2020 emissions gap. For 2030, this would mean a decrease in emissions below current global policy projections by 10%.