In early April, ActionAid USA joined environmental, environmental justice, and development groups to release the “Fair Shares Nationally Determined Contribution” (“Fair Shares NDC”) – a new policy document that lays out the United States’ responsibility in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. These “fair shares” measures are based on the United States’ status as the world’s wealthiest country and largest historical carbon polluter. The document came in advance of the April 22-23 Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by President Biden, ahead of which the United States unveiled a new NDC as part of its reentry into the Paris Agreement. The Fair Shares NDC sets a benchmark for how our groups will evaluate Biden’s new climate commitments.
As the official NDC sets a target for a 50-52% reduction in emissions by 2030, our analysis shows clearly the inadequacy of this target. An NDC aligned with a fair shares analysis would be closer to 195% reductions by 2030 – achievable through 70% domestic reductions plus climate finance and other support to enable the remaining 125% internationally.
For more information, see:
- “The Fair Shares NDC: putting climate justice at the heart of climate action” by Brandon Wu, ActionAid USA Director of Policy & Campaigns
- Fair Shares NDC (full PDF)
- Fair Shares NDC press release
- Fair Shares NDC organizational sign-on letter
- Fair Shares NDC Congressional sign-on letter
- “What a fair climate target looks like for the US, the largest historical carbon emitter” by Lili Pike via Vox
- US Fair Share microsite (analysis behind the Fair Shares NDC)
- Civil Society Equity Review (the global counterpart to the US Fair Share effort)