21 initiatives to reduce GHG emissions
By Anne Eckstein | Tuesday 19 June 2012
Ecofys (Sustainable Energy for Everyone) is proposing a new approach called ‘wedging the gap’. The organisation aims to involve all actors – citizens, local authorities, enterprises and governments – in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020 to reach the target of a 20% reduction of emissions (compared with 1990) and to bridge the gap between the current levels and the objective to limit global temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2020.
On 17 June, Ecofys launched 21 major initiatives, which could collectively stimulate GhG emissions reductions of about ten gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO
2e) by 2020. This new approach would reach far beyond current emission reductions proposed by national governments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
All initiatives build on actions that frontrunners, and their organisations, are already undertaking. Many of the initiatives generate significant ‘green growth’ benefits, stimulating economic development based on environmentally sound solutions. Each of the Ecofys initiatives is based on four requirements: 1. there is a concrete starting point for significant up-scaling until 2020; 2. there are significant additional benefits over and above reduced greenhouse gas emissions; 3. there are organisations able to lead the initiative; and 4. the initiative can potentially reduce emissions in the order of 0.5 Gt CO
2e by 2020. Together, these 21 initiatives could thus stimulate reductions of about ten Gt CO
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