Nearly one-third of countries globally have started working towards “achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emission by 2050”, the United Nations said on Monday with heads of state and government assembling in New York for the Climate Action Summit.
Though many European Union (EU) nations, including France, Germany, Italy and the UK, figured in the list of 65 such nations, they account for just 37% of global emissions. The big emitters are missing from the list.
Top emitters such as China, the US and India and others like Russia, Japan and Australia have so far not spelt out their intent on either working for net-zero emission or looking to raise their climate action targets by 2020.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres had called the Climate Action Summit to ramp up the NDCs as the current collective targets of all countries may still take global average temperature rise well above 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century from the pre-industrial level. The idea behind the enhanced climate actions is to ultimately stabilize global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century so that the world can be saved from the disastrous consequences of climate change.