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Transforming society to meet climate goals

The closing window

Only an urgent societal transformation can deliver the emissions cuts needed to limit climate warming to 2°C or 1.5°C, according to this report from the United Nations Environment Programme. The report sets out a sector-by-sector examination of how to achieve this transformation.

TABLE readers may be particularly interested in the following parts of the report related to food:

  • Box 2.1 (page 32 of the PDF file of the full report) on the methodologies used to calculate global and national emissions from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).
  • Section 2.2.3 (page 34) on the extent of and uncertainties surrounding LULUCF emissions.
  • Section 2.3.2 (page 37) on consumption-based emissions, including those from traded agricultural commodities such as soybeans and palm oil.
  • Chapter 6 (pages 80-92) on “Transforming food systems” - covering demand-side change, ecosystem protection, farm-level improvements and decarbonising food supply chains.

Read the full report, Emissions Gap Report 2022: The Closing Window – Climate crisis calls for rapid transformation of societies, here. See also the TABLE explainer How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?

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