Sharing Global CO2 Emission Reductions Among One Billion High Emitters
Global emissions are increasing at a fast pace but an international agreement on emissions targets and a sharing mechanism have been missing.
The Data Visualization tool shows where the world's emitters are today and how the distribution will evolve over the next 20 years.
While there is an emerging consensus in favor of tighter targets, it will be difficult to meet these without the participation of developing countries in the future.
Addressing developing countries' concerns about equity, and coming up with a transparent mechanism for the participation of developed and developing countries in an emissions reduction path, both now and in the future, are key to the success of any international agreement.
A group of researchers at CMI and their collaborators have developed a way of counting emissions at the level of the individual using country level emissions and income inequality data. The Data Visualization tool shows where the world's emitters are today and how the distribution will evolve over the next 20 years.
This research lead to the paper "Sharing Global CO2 Emissions Among One Billion High Emitters" (PDF) that uses the individual emissions data to better address equity and proposes a way out of the log jam. The Data Visualization tool lets you explore the application of this proposal to various global emission targets. See a brief introduction to the proposal.