UN environment programme's annual Emissions Gap Report 2020 finds that despite a dip in 2020 carbon dioxide emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3 degree celsius this century.
Every year, the Emissions Gap Report signals the difference between where greenhouse emissions are predicted to be in 2030 and where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
The report states that if governments invest in climate action as part of pandemic recovery and solidify emerging net-zero commitments with strengthened pledges at the next climate meeting in Glasgow in November 2021, they can bring emissions to levels broadly consistent with the 2 degree celsius goal.
In fact, Asia is at the forefront as the planet continues to heat up. A McKinsey report on "Climate Risk and Response in Asia", finds that, without adaptation and mitigation, Asia is expected to experience more severe socio-economic impacts of climate change than other parts of the world.
So, as the gap between climate action and climate reality remains massive, it is key to use the knowledge and technology at disposal, along with the opportunity that the pandemic has presented, to take a huge leap forward and begin closing the gap.
To put spotlight on innovators and climate change warriors who are working to create a sustainable future, Shereen Bhan spoke to Akshay Joshi, CEO of Ambee; Irfan Pathan co-founder & CEO of Pi Green Innovations; Sukhmeet Singh, founder of A2P Energy and Suraj Vernekar, co-founder & CEO of Aegeus Tech.Watch video for more.