Yet with just days to go until the critical climate conference, a new “net zero tracker” has revealed just five of the G20 nations – representing over 80 per cent of global GDP – have clear plans and commitments for reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Experts say that while net zero has now gone “fully mainstream”, the tracker shows that “not all net zero pledges are created equal.”
The G20 represents the 20 most advanced global economies, which are responsible for 76 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. It includes the UK, China, Russia and the USA.
Net zero targets have been encouraged by scientists and experts as a way to eliminate these emissions, yet while 18 members of the G20 have set targets, only Canada, France, The UK, Italy and South Korea have said how they’re going to do it.
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Led by the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, EnviroLab, NewClimate Institute and Oxford Net Zero, the net zero tracker analyses countries’, cities and companies’ net zero pledges in real-time to assess how “robust” they are.