Welcome to the Austrian GHG emissions and reduction targets summary.
This tool presents compilation of the historical Austrian GHG emissions and allows for the exploration of 2050 reduction targets for anthropogenic GHG emissions leading to the levels of future warming between 2 °C and 4+ °C.
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Austrian GHG emissions and reduction targets
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Historical anthropogenic emissions
We present estimates of the anthropogenic GHG emissions divided into two categories: (1) the technospheric emissions, consisting mainly of the CO2 emissions from fossil-fuels burning; and (2) the emissions resulting from the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities. For each category we give the activity-based estimates of emissions as well as the consumption-based emissions estimates which take into account the emissions transfers due to international trade (i.e. emissions embodied in the production and transport of goods consumed on the Austrian territory). In addition we present the activity-based estimates of historical CO2 emissions resulting from the energy-related functionalities (cf. sGAIN energy model module).
See alsoUN FCCC Global Carbon Budget 2014 WHRC
Reduction target paths
We present the linear target paths for reductions of technospheric GHG emissions compatible with the global warming stabilization levels of 2°C, 3°C, 3°C-4°C and ≥4°C (corresponding to Austria’s share of) 2000-2050 cumulative global GHG emissions budgets of 1500 Gt CO2-eq, 1800 Gt CO2-eq, 2100 Gt CO2-eq and 2400 Gt CO2-eq, respectively). For each warming level the target paths for reductions starting in 1990, 2000 and 2010 are provided. These target paths should be used as a reference. Each warming level can be achieved by any scenario as long as both (i) the area under the scenario’s emissions path (i.e. cumulative emissions) and (ii) the 2050 emissions target are the same as for the corresponding reference linear target path.
When calculating reduction paths for the technospheric GHG emissions we assume that: (1) by 2050 the sustainable land use (in terms of zero net emissions) will be achieved (see the ’2050 LULUCF sust,’ target path); and (2) remainder of the unmanaged biosphere stays in or returns to the zero net emissions balance.
International reductions obligations
We present Austria’s obligations to reduce her GHG emissions: (i) declared in the Kyoto protocol, (ii) assigned to her by the EU’s Burden Sharing Mechanism (Kyoto target for the whole EU), and (iii) following from the EU’s Effort Sharing Mechanisms (implementing the EU’s 20-20-20 targets).
Projections of future emissions
We present the UBA’s projections the of future Austria’s GHG emissions: (i) under the already existing (i.e. implemented before 1st of May 2014) mitigation measures (WEM scenario); and (ii) assuming additional, currently planned measures which have a chance to be adopted and implemented in time to influence the emissions in the period between 2015 and 2035 (WAM scenario). We also visualise the projection of future CO2 emissions resulting from all of the energy-related functionalities under the scenario specified in the sGAIN energy model module.