The ASEAN State of Climate Change Report (ASCCR) provides an overall outlook of the state of play of climate change issues in the ASEAN region. ASCCR is also a forward-looking report, which includes recommendations on making the transition toward 2030 and on to 2050 for both adaptation and mitigation, considering ASEAN’s development context and the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.
The challenges confronting the ASEAN region as well as the current commitment of ASEAN to contribute to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement (PA) are discussed. Recognising the dual challenges to meet reporting requirements under the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) and to make progress towards the ambition of the PA goals of limiting global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius (°C), preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels, the report develops a methodology to assess the current progress of actions and the need to strengthen them through 2030 and on to 2050 based on the concepts of “transparency” and “transformation”.
Further, the report presents the current status and outlook of the ASEAN region’s development context relevant to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the impacts of climate change as well as vulnerability to them, and climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. The report also provides viable goals and pathways to develop an ASEAN vision for climate action toward 2050, to reach the PA goals, and carry out the related actions in the region needed to achieve this vison.