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The Production Gap

Hrsg.: Stockholm Enviroment Institute, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Overseas Development InstituteSEI, E3G and UN Enviroment Programme

The Production Gap Report report, first launched in 2019, measures the gap between Paris Agreement goals and countries’ planned and projected production of coal, oil, and gas.

This year’s special issue of the report finds that the production gap remains large: countries plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with a 1.5°C temperature limit. https://www.youtube.com/embed/m6-HU3oS0nY?feature=oembed

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated response measures have introduced new uncertainties to the production gap. While global fossil fuel production will decline sharply this year, government stimulus and recovery measures will shape our climate future: they could prompt a return to pre-COVID production trajectories that lock in severe climate disruption, or they could set the stage for a managed wind-down of fossil fuels as part of a “build back better” effort.

This year’s special issue of the Production Gap Report looks at how conditions have changed since last year, what this means for the production gap, and how governments can set the stage for a long-term, just, and equitable transition away from fossil fuels.