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IEA Warns COP28 climate Pledges Insufficient to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees Celsius

IEA’s assessment reveals insufficiency in COP28 pledges to combat climate change, emphasizing the urgent need for more robust global commitments towards limiting global warming.

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IEA Issues Grim Assessment of COP28 Pledges: Not Enough to Curtail Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has delivered a bleak evaluation of the ongoing COP28 climate talks in Dubai. Despite the commitments made by over 100 nations during the summit, the world remains significantly off course in its efforts to limit global warming to the crucial 1.5-degree threshold.

Insufficient Commitments

The IEA’s analysis revealed that while fresh pledges could lead to a reduction of four gigatons in gas emissions, this only represents one-third of the necessary reduction to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees. These pledges are deemed insufficient and would not adequately contain global heating, as stated by an IEA statement.

Call for Additional Action

Executive Director Fatih Birol expressed some positivity regarding the pledges but highlighted the inadequate participation of countries in weaning themselves off fossil fuels. The IEA’s assessment indicates that the current pledges only bridge 30% of the gap required to meet international climate goals, necessitating more widespread commitments to ensure an orderly and equitable decline in global fossil fuel use.

Key Pledges and Contentious Negotiations

Over 120 countries, including the United States, vowed to significantly increase renewable energy capacity and enhance energy efficiency. Major oil and gas companies, such as Exxon and Saudi Aramco, committed to substantial reductions in methane emissions and the cessation of routine flaring by 2030.

However, negotiations pertaining to language regarding all fossil fuels, notably oil and gas, have sparked contention. While some nations advocate for a phase-out of fossil fuels, certain oil-producing nations resist any references to reducing oil and gas consumption.

Backdrop of Intensifying Climate Crisis

The COP28 discussions occur against the backdrop of 2023 being officially acknowledged as the hottest year on record. Severe climate-related events worldwide have underscored the urgency for stronger climate action.

The IEA’s assessment emphasizes the need for more concerted efforts, echoing concerns about the current pledges falling short in addressing the escalating climate crisis.

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IEA Warns COP28 climate Pledges Insufficient to Limit Global Warming to 1.5 Degrees Celsius
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