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Commit to the 2° Path

Our governments are struggling to define binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The current pledges made in the Copenhagen Accord are far from reaching the global goal of limiting the average global warming to 2°C which is considered as a scenario which is just about endurable. Even if the pledges are fulfilled, we are still facing a probability of more than 50% of a global warming higher than 3° by end of this century (Meinshausen, 2010) leading to disastrous consequences (IPCC, working group 2).

As the international negotiations are taking way longer than reasonable, we are now facing a situation where climate neutrality is no longer enough. Due to the historical emission track record of the OECD and developing countries, it is the industrialized worlds’ job to bring the world on track. But with economic development picking up quickly in the developing world, the 2° goal can no longer be achieved even by reducing OECD emissions to zero or going climate neutral. Therefore South Pole is offering the option to compensate for emissions in a way that would achieve the 2° goal if adopted by all industrialized countries.

We calculated the amount of emission reductions needed in developing countries on top of climate neutrality in the industrialized world based on IEA and World Bank data and found that they are equivalent to 2.5 times the amount of the emissions of industrialized countries.

If you commit to a 2° path, you offset 2.5 times your emissions, and the wordings "committing to a 2° path" will appear on your certificate.


Sources:

Malte Meinshausen, Joeri Rogelj et al, “Copenhagen Accord pledges are paltry”, Nature, 2010
The World Bank, World Development Report, 2010
IEA, Energy Technology Perspective 2008: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050, 2008