CAN Non-Paper: Input to IPCC SR 1.5 scoping meeting

CAN welcomes the ongoing work by the IPCC for the release of the “Special Report on the Impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emissions pathways (IPCC SR 1.5)” in 2018.  The preparation of this report were suggested by the UNFCCC in December 2015 and decided in the IPCC meeting in Nairobi in April 2016. 

In order to define the scope of the report in autumn 2016, the IPCC has invited experts and governments to a first scoping meeting from the 15th to the 17th of August of this year in Geneva, Switzerland. Given the scarce participation of civil society in the upcoming Geneva scoping meeting, CAN has put together this paper with recommendations on topics and findings that could best trigger increased action by Parties to tackle climate change.

The task for the Geneva meeting is to identify the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. (see: Art. 2.1 Paris Agreement and Par. 21 in 1/CP.21).

As outlined above a key question is which messages of the Special Report on 1.5 degrees could trigger best Party action to decrease emissions and which topics should be covered by the report? We are aware of the fine line between policy relevant information that the report should deliver without being prescriptive. We hope our recommendations can help to come to a good agreement on the scope of the report in the IPCC plenary session in autumn 2016.