EVENT RECAP: Mind the Gap! National climate pledges overstep on available land

Nations, companies, and other institutions are responding to the accelerating climate crisis challenge by making net-zero pledges. But the magnitude of the transformation required has led these net-zero pledges to rely heavily on carbon offsets. Offsets attempt to make good an emission in one place or sector with some kind of carbon (or carbon equivalent) capture elsewhere. Land-based carbon sequestration has become an increasingly common component of net-zero pledges. 

In a webinar on 21 February 2023, authors of The Land Gap Reportjoined the the Global Land Programme (GLP) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to share their findings that countries’ climate pledges rely on unrealistic amounts of land-based carbon removal. The Land Gap Report, published in 2022, shows that if one tallies up all the land proposed for offsets in national climate plans, the total needed amounts to 1.2 billion hectares, which is equivalent to the total amount of land that is in cropland today. These offset commitments cannot be achieved without significant negative impacts on livelihoods, land rights, and ecosystems.


Also mentioned during the webinar: 10 Facts About Land Systems