International aid organization Oxfam announced its report on the effects of the climate crisis at the 2021 UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
In the published report, it was stated that the carbon footprints of the poorest 50% in 2030 will be well below the level in line with the 1.5 degrees target of the Paris Agreement, but the footprints of the richest 1% in the world may be 30 times higher than the appropriate level.
Oxfam’s study, based on research conducted by the European Environmental Policy Institute (IEEP) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), found that by 2030 the carbon footprints of the richest 1% of people in the world will meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree target. It was estimated that it would be 30 times higher than the appropriate level.
In the study, which estimated how the commitments of governments will affect the carbon footprints of the richer and poorer people in the world, the world population and income groups were considered as a single country.
The report predicts by 2030 that “the poorest half of the global population will still emit emissions well below 1.5 degrees-compliant levels in 2030” and that “the richest 1% and global 10% of people will achieve this level by 30 times. 9% will exceed this level. A person from the richest 1% would have to reduce their emissions by around 97% compared to today, to reach this level.”
It is estimated that the 1% of the richest are expected to be responsible for 16% of global emissions by 2030.
Commenting on the effects of the climate crisis in the report, Nafkote Dhabi, Climate Policy Leader at Oxfam, said, “A minority elite seems to have a right of free passage to pollute (the atmosphere). Their massive emissions trigger extreme weather conditions worldwide and jeopardize the international goal of limiting global warming.“
“Only the emissions of the richest 10% could take us beyond the agreed limit in the next 9 years,” said Dabi.