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1 Reference is made to the first set of NDC submissions made in 2015; new or updated NDCs are anticipated, but not included as part of this analysis as only a few countries have updated their NDCs at this time. Additional NDC submissions are anticipated ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2021.

2 IEA World Energy Outlook 2020, p. 171.

3 IEA, ExxonMobil analysis.

4 ExxonMobil analysis

5 Solomon Associates. Solomon Associates fuels and lubes refining data available for even years only.

6 BROOKINGS INSTITUTION, There are many definitions of "middle class" - here’s ours, Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot Tuesday, September 4, 2018, accessed December 2020.

7 IEA, 2020. Uneven progress on clean energy technologies faces further pressure from the Covid-19 crisis, 5 June 2020, accessed December 2020.

8 IPCC, 2018: Global warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre- industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global responseto the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty [V. Masson-Delmotte, P. Zhai, H. O. Pörtner, D. Roberts, J. Skea, P.R. Shukla, A. Pirani, W. Moufouma-Okia, C. Péan, R. Pidcock, S. Connors, J. B. R. Matthews, Y. Chen, X. Zhou, M. I. Gomis, E. Lonnoy, T. Maycock, M. Tignor, T. Waterfield (eds.)]. In Press.

9 ExxonMobil analysis of IPCC 74 Lower 2°C scenarios.

10 Represents currently identified future investment opportunities from 2021 through 2025, consistent with past practice, results, and announced plans.

11 Global CCS Institute 2020 report and ExxonMobil analysis of 2020 facility data. Car equivalency calculated with US EPA GHG equivalency calculator.

12 Global CCS capacity: Global CCS Institute, Global Status of CCS 2020, page 19. ExxonMobil CCS capacity: ExxonMobil estimates.

13 Global CCS Institute. Data updated as of April 2020 and based on cumulative anthropogenic carbon dioxide capture volume. Anthropogenic CO2, for the purposes of this calculation, means CO2 that without carbon capture and storage would have been emitted to the atmosphere, including, but not limited to: reservoir CO2 from gas fields; CO2 emitted during production and CO2 emitted during combustion. It does not include natural CO2 produced solely for enhanced oil recovery.

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