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UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019

Recently released United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report-2019 warns that the Earth’s average temperature may rise by 3.2 degrees Celsius by 2100. Moreover, despite all scientific warnings and political commitments emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) couldn’t decrease globally.

The report was released prior to United Nations Climate Conference (COP-25) to be held in Spain from 2 December 2019. It states that GHG emissions have increased by 1.5% since last decade and that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have reached an all-time high figure of 55.3 gigatons.

Key Findings of UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019

China, United States of America (USA), European Union (28) and India are among the top four greenhouse gas emitters.

India: UNEP report highlights that India is regularly considering deadlines and targets to curb carbon emissionAs per the report, India’s per capita emission is one of the lowest within G20 countries. Also, India is one of the leading countries that are looking for electric vehicle development.


The report suggested that only if Green House Gas (GHG) emissions are reduced by 7.6% every year during 2020 to 2030 period, only then the target of reducing global temperature can be achieved.

As per the report, the largest GHG contribution comes from energy sector and its fossil fuel emissions. Thus to achieve the target of limiting temperature rise to no more than 1.5 ° C, all countries must reduce GHG emissions by up to 5 times.

The report also highlights that if global temperature reaches at level of 1.5 degrees then coral reefs would be reduced by 70-90%. It also clarifies that by 2100, the world would be warmer 3.2 degrees that pre-industrial level.

Key Recommendations of Emissions Gap Report 2019

The report suggested that each country has own unique opportunities to protect livelihood, natural resources and lives. Moreover, Complete de-carbonization of energy sector is possible and necessary. With renewable energy electricity, the emission reduction can achieve a target of 12.1 gigatonnes (GT) by 2050. Also, the electrification of transport can also help to reduce carbon emission up to 72% by 2050.


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Ramesh Pandey selected for UNEP’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award

Senior Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Ramesh Pandey was selected by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award. This is the fourth time the Awards will be given and there will be also a separate category for Africa-Asia cooperation in the area of illegal trade in wildlife.

Key Highlights

The selection panel of Asia Environmental Enforcement Award recognised the excellent work done by Ramesh Pandey in combating trans-boundary environmental crime. He will receive the award on 13 November 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

About Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards

Objective: To publicly recognise excellence in enforcement and outstanding achievements made by public organisations/individuals in Asia in combating transboundary environmental crime like illegal trade in wildlife, chemicals or waste, in Asia.

The 2019 Awards are presented by UNEP in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, Freeland Foundation, and Government of Sweden.

Categories: The 5 categories in which award will be given are-

(1) Collaboration

(2) Impact

(3) Innovation

(4) Integrity

(5) Gender leadership.

About Ramesh Pandey

He is a 1996-batch IFS officer. He is posted as Chief Conservator Forests in Lucknow and Secretary, Uttar Pradesh State Bio-diversity Board. He is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on poachers.

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