Tuesday, 28 July 2015

SIDS set example for large polluters ahead of COP 21

Among the Small Island Developing States, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is officially the first to submit its CO2 reduction objectives ahead of the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21). The marshall Islands plan to cut their emissions by 32% by 2025, 45% by 2030, and to aim for zero net emissions by 2050. This should also provide encouragement and inspiration for larger emitters to aim for more ambitious targets. While the country produces less than 0.00001% of the world's emissions, the EU, China and the United States combined, produce half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Together with the  Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the Marshall Islands are campaigning for the +1.5°C global warming, as opposed to the current target of +2°C.