Environment - France welcomes IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Cycle report on the climate (20 March 2023)


France welcomes the publication on 20 March 2023 of the IPCC report that concludes its Sixth Assessment Cycle, and reaffirms the urgency of taking action to achieve the Paris Agreement targets, both in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adaptating to climate change.

The report confirms that the global temperature increase is accelerating: it will reach 1.5°C around 2030 and could then exceed 2°C if countries do not speed up their emissions reduction efforts. However, the IPCC recalls that it is still possible to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels if global greenhouse gas emissions peak before 2025 and if emissions fall rapidly thereafter. We have the necessary knowledge and resources to act collectively now.

At COP28 in Dubai, countries will have to grasp the full extent of this emergency and these scientific findings and increase their ambition when it comes to taking stock of the Paris Agreement. International funding for the energy transition is crucial in this regard and is a central issue for France, which is one of the main contributors to international climate finance, mobilizing €6 billion a year in developing countries. Ahead of the COP, on President Macron’s initiative, France will host a summit in Paris on 22 and 23 June on the fight against inequalities and on climate finance.