The Emissions Gap Report 2014

A UNEP Synthesis Report

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About the Report

This web page gives you access to the online version of the 2014 update of the ‘emissions gap report’. The full report, its annexes (only available online) and language versions of the executive summary are reachable through links on the right-hand side bar in this page. At the bottom of that bar you may find links to the updated version of the application for smart phones and tablets, as well as previous versions of the ‘emissions gap report’.

This year’s report presents the latest estimates of the emissions gap in 2020 and beyond and provides information about:

  • current and projected levels of global greenhouse gas emissions, both in the absence of additional policies and consistent with national pledge implementation;
  • the implications of starting decided emission reductions now or in the coming decades; and
  • how energy efficiency measures can help promote development while contributing to emission reductions.

While the report updates the 2020 emissions gap analysis, it gives particular attention to the so-called global carbon emissions budget – a measure of the greenhouse gas emission volumes that are consistent with the 2 °C temperature target. In addition, the report provide estimates of the emissions gap in 2025 and 2030, as international climate change negotiations are increasingly focusing on time horizons beyond 2020. This analysis benefits from the findings of the latest assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the Fifth Assessment Report, released in 2013 and 2014.

This is the fifth issue in the series of ‘emission gap’ reports. The series is primarily conceived as a scientific assessment of the peer-reviewed literature on climate change mitigation scenarios. It focuses on examining the gap in 2020 between emission levels consistent with the 2 °C limit, and levels expected if country pledges/commitments are met. With each report in the series UNEP has documented that the gap is large, but can be bridged through concerted action that promotes both development goals and climate change mitigation.

The international community is negotiating a new global climate agreement, which is expected to be a blueprint for curbing emissions of greenhouse gases and adapting to the climate change we are already committed to. The goal of the ‘emissions gap report’ is to provide independent and authoritative input to international negotiations and, more generally, to support policy making for action on climate change.

Emissions Gap Report 2014 Events

Global Launch

The Global launch of the Emissions Gap Report 2014

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2014
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: National Press Club, Washington, D.C. , United States of America

Side Event 1 at COP 20

EU Pavilion side event (In cooperation with the Government of Germany)

The ‘emissions gap report 2014’ by the United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP, in partnership with leading climate change scientists, has updated the estimates of the ‘emissions gap’ in 2020. New to this year’s issue of the report is an assessment of carbon budgets consistent with full pledge implementation as well as an assessment of the role that measures to promote energy efficiency can play in closing the ‘emissions gap’

Date: Friday 05 December 2014
Time: 18:00-20:00
Venue: Room Roma, EU Pavilion, COP-20, Lima, Peru

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Side Event 2 at COP 20

Official UNFCCC side event (In cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat)

Keeping Under a 2 degree C Rise--Latest Pathways to Success
UNFCCC will host leading scientists, key UN agencies and experts on bridging the pre-2020 ambition gap and setting the stage for climate neutrality in the second half of the century.

Date: Wednesday 10 December 2014
Time: 13:15-14:45
Venue: Sipan room, COP-20, Lima , Peru

This project is part of the International climate initiative. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safely supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag
Supported by: Based on a decision of the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany

Media Contacts

Shereen Zorba
Head, News and Media
+254 (0) 788 526000
+254 20 7625022


UNEP Newsdesk
+254 20 7623088/+254 20 7625261


Office of the Chief Scientist
United Nations Environment Programme
P O Box 30552 - 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 762 3562+254 20 762 3562

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Media Contacts

Shereen Zorba
Head, News and Media
+254 (0) 788 526000/
+254 20 7625022+254 20 7625022

UNEP Newsdesk
+254 20 7623088+254 20 7623088/
+254 20 7625261+254 20 7625261

Office of the Chief Scientist
United Nations Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552 - 00100
Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 762 3562