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Energy and Climate Change

Facts and figures about Energy and Climate Change

The figure shows the median value for each category in the IPCC AR5 WGIII scenario database for CO2 emissions (panel a), the increase in global mean temperature (panel b) and the probability of staying below 1.5 °C (panel c) for all scenarios included in the AR5 WGIII Scenario database (Clarke et al., 2014; Krey et al., 2014).

Progress of countries to achieve 2030 target (November 2017).

The degree to which the 25 major emitting countries are likely to achieve their NDC targets under current policies was found to vary.

In 2016, total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to increase slowly by about 0.5% (±1%), to about 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent (Gt CO2 eq).

In the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP2), middle-of-the-road, scenario, 500 million people are projected to not have access to electricity in 2030, 90% of whom live in rural areas. The preferred electrification system for connecting those people depends highly on their level of electricity consumption.