This paper is a comprehensive, balanced assessment of China’s efforts to reduce emissions and act on climate change since 2011. It identifies key actions to watch for in 2016 as the country unveils its next five-year plan (FYP).
international climate policy
France and the UK announced increases in the amount of climate finance they will be providing in the coming years. France committed to increase its climate finance by €2 billion a year (around US$2.25 billion) to deliver a total of €5 billion a year by 2020, and the UK announced it will provide £5.8 billion (around US$8.8 billion) from its foreign aid budget for climate finance between 2016 and 2021. The announcements came during the summit launching the Sustainable Development Goals and heads of state meeting at the UN General Assembly.
On Wednesday, September 30 at 9:30 AM ET, World Resources Institute will host a press teleconference featuring Jennifer Morgan, global climate director, David Waskow, international climate director and Taryn Fransen, Open Climate Network director, to offer insights on these questions and other major developments at this critical point just two months before the Paris climate summit.
Brazil formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The plan includes a commitment to reduce GHG emissions 37% by 2025 and 43% by 2030 – both below 2005 levels. The plan also includes a goal to eliminate illegal deforestation and restore and restore 12 million hectares of land, as well as increase use of renewable energy.
South Africa formally submitted its national climate plan to the United Nations’ climate talks today. The plan includes a pledge to arrest its rising greenhouse gas emissions between 2020 and 2025 and plateau emissions for a decade for beginning to cut them. South Africa also had a robust adaptation section that compared the need for adaptation to potential levels of global emissions.
Graphics based on data from WRI's CAIT Climate Data Explorer answer questions like: How have emissions changed over time? Which human activities contribute the most emissions? And who are the world's biggest emitters?
Brazil, the world’s seventh-biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has the relevant tools and policies it needs to become a leader in the fight to deal with climate change. This opportunity comes at a pivotal time for Brazil: its national climate plan—its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)—should be submitted within days as part of global climate negotiations, while a national economic crisis, drought and energy uncertainty inform Brazil’s decisions at home.
Policy Options to Reduce Energy-Related GHG Emissions
This report reviews a range of modelling scenarios for future GHG emissions, identifies opportunities and recommends lines of action to harmonize energy policy objectives with climate goals that meet the needs for a limited global carbon budget.
The proposal calls for an unconditional 29 percent emissions reduction by 2030; 41 percent if Indonesia receives international assistance and cooperation.
Colombia’s new climate plan adopts a national, economy-wide emissions reduction target for the first time, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below projected business-as-usual emissions by 2030.