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Checking In On The Copenhagen Accord Pledges

February 3, 2010

The deadline for Annex 1 countries who wished to associate themselves with the Copenhagen Accord was January 31 2010, which just recently passed. These countries were required to register their emission reduction pledges to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In line with this, the World Resources Institute has analyzed the Annex I pledges received so far, as well as pledges by countries that have yet to associate themselves with the Accord. The WRI’s analysis (link here) provides a preliminary picture of where the world stands post-Copenhagen.

They have an awesome, very useful, very updated interactive chart presents countries’ pledges side-by–side, including the most recent pledges filed in the Copenhagen Accord. It allows users to break down the pledges based on factors such as different base years, different ranges of commitments, and -– a new feature -– on the basis of emissions intensity.

Tools like these will enable negotiators to compare the different emission reduction pledges and aggregate them in order to calculate their global impact – and see if that impact will be sufficient.

While there is some positive movement towards pledging commitments, the WRI’s analysis concludes that tehse pledges are not enough to meet even the lower range of emission reductions required to stabilize concentrations of CO2e at 450 ppm and certainly fall short of goals to reduce concentrations below that level.

There is a long road ahead not just towards reaching an emissions target that is impactful, but towards developing further mechanisms that enable countries, NGOs, and the UNFCCC to measure, verify and analyse the accuracy of country’s emissions pledges.

There is no room for empty promises. Tools like the one developed by WRI help to pave the way towards much-needed accountability in the fight against climate change.

Live from Singapore Post-COP 15
Amira Karim
ECO Singapore

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2010 1:13 pm

    Great post. Good to get the word out on what’s happening beyond COP15. This is a stepping stone. – Wilson

  2. August 29, 2010 7:00 pm

    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). very long name :)))

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