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Narrowing the Emissions Gap

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Contributions from renewable energy and energy efficiency activities


The 1 Gigaton Coalition, initiated by the Government of Norway and coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), supports efforts to measure and report reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.


This inaugural report of the Coalition is a first step to measuring and reporting how renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes contribute to narrowing the 2020 emissions gap in various sectors. The report analyses nearly 6,000 renewable energy and energy efficiency activities in developing countries to highlight the potential emissions savings if programmes and initiatives are further supported.


The key findings included in the report are the following:


  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy activities in developing countries in the last 10 years will significantly reduce CO₂ emissions from energy use by 2020.
  • Attributing emission reductions to specific actors is challenging, as many actors often contribute to the same projects.
  • There is insufficient data and no common methodology to quantify the reductions.
  • The 1.7 gigaton is an initial estimate of what could be achieved.
  • The 1 Gigatone Coalition is working to address these challenges to quantify the full reductions generated by energy projects.



To download the report, please visit the relevant 1 Gigaton Coalition website.