Policies on Climate Change

WWF participates in the development of policy positions internationally through the Climate Action Network (CAN) and Global Campaign for Action on Climate Change (GCCA); and for South Africa through the SA Climate Action Network (SA-CAN).

It is important that climate change policy is informed by science that is credible, robust and up to date. This means:

  • Ensuring that global warming stays well below 2 degrees Celsius
  • Keeping global atmospheric greenhouse gas levels below 400 parts per million
  • Keeping within a “carbon budget” of 1 000 billion tonnes of CO2 and 1 400 billion tonnes (in CO2e) of all greenhouse gasses from 2000 to 2050.
  • Such a target requires reducing the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by between 80 and 95% from 1990 levels by 2050.
  • By 2020, rich industrialized countries need to have reduced their emissions by 25-40%, while developing nations should be able to demonstrate that they are emitting significantly less than if they had taken no action to curb emissions.

WWF supports a price and/or cap on carbon, as well as markets in which carbon allocations and offsets can be traded. We also support large-scale public and private sector investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy , with financial backing provided by wealthy nations to poor nations.

 / ©:  Nathalie Racheter / WWF-Canon
Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz Province, Patagonia, Argentina Ice block having broken off the Perito Moreno Glacier. Los Glaciares National Park, World Heritage site since 1981. Chile
© Nathalie Racheter / WWF-Canon