Today (Monday 8 October, 2018) the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) published its Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C. The report estimates that the rate of global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. The report illustrates that +2 °C will be too risky for the humankind and we should aim keeping global warming below +1.5 °C.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the past three years have been the warmest years on record. We are already 1 °C above pre-industrial levels and countries, cities, companies, other organisations and citizens need to ramp up action to reduce emissions and create solutions for carbon sinks.

The board of the Climate Leadership Coalition has concluded that the Carbon Law sets a good framework and ambition level for mitigation actions towards carbon neutrality. According to the Carbon Law, we must halve global carbon emissions every decade: first by 2030, then by 2040 and once again by 2050 and offset the remaining emissions via carbon sinks by 2050.

Several CLC members have already set ambitious climate targets. For example, the City of Turku is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2029 and the Cities of Espoo and Tampere by 2030.

CLC has initiated the call for EU to upgrade and clarify its climate targets together with Nordic partners. By 8 October 2018, 55 organisations have joined the call.

CLC has been active in getting citizens to halve their emissions by 2030. On Zero Emissions Day, 21 September, CLC and 25 of its members organised various campaigns for their customers and personnel as well as public events for citizens and schools.

The CLC view is that the +1.5 °C target is challenging but, if we ramp up our actions throughout the society, it is doable. We invite all organisations and citizens on board.

For more information please contact:

Jouni Keronen, Executive Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, tel. +358 50 4534881