by Katherine Ross and Taryn Fransen - September 2017
Under the Paris Agreement, countries are invited to communicate “mid-century long-term low GHG emissions development strategies,” or “long-term strategies” by 2020. These strategies are central to achieving the long-term goal of limiting warming to well below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and...
Summary of Methods and Data used in the Indonesia Energy Policy Simulatorby Hanny Chrysolite and Jeffrey Rissman - August 2017
Indonesia, one of the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters, has outlined a plan to unconditionally reduce its emissions by 29 percent relative to a business-as-usual case in 2030 and up to 41 percent conditioned on international assistance. Policymakers need to design supporting policy packages...
by Katherine Ross, David Rich and Mengpin Ge - December 2016
Countries around the world have set greenhouse gas targets, but they have taken different forms, from reductions in historical emissions to reductions relative to projected business-as-usual scenarios or the emissions intensity of the economy. In many cases, countries have not explicitly stated...
by Juan-Carlos Altamirano, Katherine Ross, Taryn Fransen, Julia Martínez, Erika Ortiz Sánchez, Jeffrey Rissman and Carlos Brown Solá - November 2016
This working paper identifies and evaluates the key climate and energy policy options available to Mexico to support the implementation of its INDC. We propose an eight point action plan that has the potential to put Mexico on a path toward achieving its INDC targets, while at the same time...
by Katherine Ross, Jingjing Zhu, Kristin Igusky, Ranping Song, Thomas Damassa and Yao Bo - June 2016
China is making significant progress in the fight against climate change, including a commitment to peak its carbon emissions around 2030. From ramping up its carbon intensity target to limiting coal use to implementing an emissions trading scheme, recent signs show that the country is already...
Interpreting INDCs: Assessing Transparency of Post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets for 8 Top-Emitting Economiesby Thomas Damassa, Taryn Fransen, Mengpin Ge, Krisztina Pjeczka, Katherine Ross and Barbara Haya - December 2015
This paper evaluates the transparency of the greenhouse gas emissions targets presented in the INDCs of eight major emitters —Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and the United States—which, together, contribute nearly two-thirds of annual global emissions. It...
by Thomas Damassa and Katherine Ross - November 2015
This WRI analysis finds that renewable energy supplies are set to double collectively in eight major economies by 2030 spurred on by new national climate and energy plans. These renewable energy levels will be 18 percent higher in 2030 than previously projected growth rates.
by Ranping Song, Jingjing Zhu, Wenjuan Dong, Associate researcher with the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy , Xiaofan Zhao, PhD candidate in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University and Yufei Wang, Postdoctoral in the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University - September 2015
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).
Policy Options to Reduce Energy-Related GHG Emissionsby Viviane Romeiro, Taryn Fransen and Oswaldo Lucon, Professor of the Environmental Energy Institute of São Paulo University and Technical Advisor at Environmental Secretariat of São Paulo State - September 2015
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.
by Karl Hausker, Kristin Igusky, Rebecca Gasper, Nate Aden and Michael Obeiter - May 2015
This working paper examines where greenhouse gas emissions are headed if the United States does not take any new action to curb their release, how it can meet its 2025 emissions target using existing authorities and state action, and how legislation can achieve deeper cuts over the longer term...