Why 2020?

The evidence that a 2020 climate turning point is within our grasp is growing every day. While GDP has grown in developing countries, global CO2 emissions have remained flat for three years, thanks to profound worldwide changes in energy systems based on slashing energy waste, and the exponential growth in clean energy.

Read our report ‘2020: The Climate Turning Point’

About Mission 2020

But when it comes to climate, timing is everything and we must lock-in these gains now and accelerate action ahead of 2020.

Bending the emissions curve by 2020 will be difficult. We need to intentionally accelerate financial and technological transitions. We can no longer avoid significant impacts due to the historical emissions already in the atmosphere.

Join a growing global community taking bold action to reach the critical mileston in 2020 that will deliver a climate safe world with development gains for all. This is our opportunity with radical collaboration and relentless optimism, we will make the 2020 climate turning point a reality.

Both delay and insufficient mitigation efforts shut the door on limiting global mean warming permanently. The year 2020 is crucial for the definition of global ambitions on emissions reductions. If CO2 emissions continue to rise beyond that date, the most ambitious mitigation goals will become unachievable.”

Prof. Thomas Stocker

Physics, University of Bern IPCC

Co-Chair 2008-2015

This is our opportunity.

With radical collaboration and relentless optimism, we will make the 2020 climate turning point a reality.

THE LATEST FIGURES ON EMISSION REDUCTIONS INDICATE CHANGE IS NOW INEVITABLE, SHOWING SIGNS THAT…

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GHG emissions per capita are already reaching the turning point and beginning to decouple from population growth.

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GHG emissions have been decoupled from global GDP for the past three years.

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Emissions in China are levelling out due, in no small part, to the decline of coal and the growth of renewables.