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Figure 1.29 | The role of CO2 in driving future climate change in comparison to other greenhouse gases (GHGs). The GHGs included here are CH4, N2O, and 40 other long-lived, well-mixed GHGs. The blue shaded area indicates the approximate forcing exerted by CO2 in Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSP) scenarios, ranging from very low SSP1-1.9 to very high SSP5-8.5 (Chapter 7). The CO2 concentrations under the SSP1-1.9 scenarios reach approximately 350 ppm after 2150, while those of SSP5-8.5 exceed 2000 ppm CO2 in the longer term (up to year 2300). Similar to the dominant radiative forcing share at each point in time (lower area plots), cumulative GWP-100-weighted GHG emissions happen to be closely correlated with cumulative CO2 emissions, allowing policymakers to make use of the carbon budget concept in a policy context with multi-gas GHG baskets as it exhibits relatively low variation across scenarios with similar cumulative emissions until 2050 (inset panel). Further details on data sources and processing are available in the chapter data table (Table 1.SM.1).