Interpreting INDCs: Assessing Transparency of Post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets for 8 Top-Emitting Economiesby Thomas Damassa, Taryn Fransen, Mengpin Ge, Krisztina Pjeczka, Barbara Haya and Katie Ross - 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 Meek, 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...
by Thomas Damassa, Mengpin Ge and Taryn Fransen - December 2014
This fact sheet provides context for the U.S. GHG reduction targets and a synthesis of WRI and other scenarios that present possible GHG emissions trajectories for the U.S., given various assumptions.
Its primary aim is to inform stakeholders engaged in the UN Framework Convention on...
An Overview of the Current Policy Landscapeby Takeshi Kuramochi, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - June 2014
In 2013, in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the government of Japan put forth a revised target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 3.8 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.
This paper analyzes this target and finds that Japan can likely meet it by...
An Overview of the Current Policy Landscapeby Neha Pahuja, Nimisha Pandey, Koyel Mandal and Chayan Bandyopadhyay - March 2014
The Indian Government has made a voluntary international commitment to reduce the emissions intensity of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 20–25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. Domestically, India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) includes eight national missions to support...
An Introduction to the Current National Policy Landscapeby Maria Fernanda Gebara and Alice Thuault - December 2013
Brazil aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 36.1 percent to 38.9 percent from a projected baseline by 2020 through several sectoral plans and initiatives. This paper provides an overview of GHG mitigation plans in Brazil’s land use sector. Key initiatives include the Action Plan to...