Ten key short-term sectoral benchmarks to limit warming to 1.5º C

Takeshi Kuramochi*, N.E. Hoehne, M. Schaeffer, Jasmin Cantzler, William Hare, Yvonne Deng, Sebastian Sterl, Markus Hagemann, Marcia Rocha, Paola Andrea Yanguas-Parra, Goher-Ur-Rehman Mir, Lindee Wong, Tarik El-Laboudy, Karlien Wouters, Delphine Deryng, Kornelis Blok

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This article identifies and quantifies the 10 most important benchmarks for climate action to be taken by 2020–2025 to keep the window open for a 1.5°C-consistent GHG emission pathway. We conducted a comprehensive review of existing emissions scenarios, scanned all sectors and the respective necessary transitions, and distilled the most important short-term benchmarks for action in line with the long-term perspective of the required global low-carbon transition. Owing to the limited carbon budget, combined with the inertia of existing systems, global energy economic models find only limited pathways to stay on track for a 1.5°C world consistent with the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-305
JournalClimate Policy
Issue number3
Early online date5 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • Benchmarking
  • COP21
  • mitigation scenarios
  • Paris Agreement
  • technological change
  • transition
  • 1.5º C


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