Climate targets: are we there yet?

Statista overview report on the status and outlook of climate targets worldwide

Climate targets: are we there yet?

The influence of human activities on climate change and Earth's warming is not a recent discovery, dating back to the late 1890s. A century later, the first pledges were made to reduce emissions. After 30 years of progress and scaling ambitions, is enough being done to halt climate change?

This report provides a deep insight into climate targets worldwide. It explains how ambitions and commitments developed through the years, what progress has been made towards achieving them, and the outlook for the coming decades. The report includes an analysis of the historic development and outlook for renewable energy, fossil fuels (in particular coal), and removal technologies such as carbon capture and storage and direct air capture. It also provides insights on climate finance and carbon pricing mechanisms.

Table of contents

A brief history of emissions

  • Global carbon dioxide emissions
  • Most polluting countries and sectors
  • Anthropogenic methane emissions

Climate targets
  • Climate targets timeline
  • The status quo
  • Climate pledges and legislation
  • The Global Methane Pledge

The long road to net-zero
  • Global renewable capacity
  • Support for fossil fuels
  • Carbon removal

The finance of climate targets
  • Climate finance
  • Carbon pricing

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