23 November 2010 – The 2010 emissions gap report from the United Nations Environment Programme was launched today by Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, at an event organised in conjunction with the European Climate Foundation and the National Institute of Ecology, Mexico.

The new report, subtitled Can the Copenhagen Accord pledges limit global warming to 2 or 1.5 degrees Celsius?, was prepared by more than 30 researchers from 25 centres in countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It builds on work carried out in the wake of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen while also assessing the prospects and pathways for the even tougher target of keeping a global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less over the century.

The various scenarios include estimated emissions in 2020 if nations were to fully implement their most ambitious pledges, versus emissions that year if nations meet only their minimum targets.

The full report, as well as a summary and online interactive version, can be found on the UNEP website.