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Opportunities in New Climate Economy

With China at an economic and environmental crossroad, ongoing cooperation on climate and clean energy with the U.S. can yield significant social and economic rewards for both countries. The benefits of this course can and must go together to tackle climate change and create vibrant economies for the 21st century.

Event features U.S. and international government officials and international NGO leaders

WASHINGTON — Are countries on track to meet their climate commitments? How effective are specific local or national policies to drive carbon reductions? And will countries’ actions add up to limit warming to under 2 degrees Celsius? These are a few of the questions that two new Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) standards will help answer.

The Emissions Gap Roadmap

To stay below a 2-degree Centigrade temperature rise, the world needs to reach global carbon neutrality-no net carbon increases-by the end of the century, according to a new report from the UNEP.

WRI President Andrew Steer shares highlights and tells what needs to be done.

UNEP Emissions Gap Report Calculates Necessary Emission Reductions Out to 2030

As governments prepare to resume climate negotiations at COP 20, a key issue is the commitments countries are making to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.

A new report from the UNEP quantifies the magnitude for those commitments that will be needed in order to have a likely chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), thus preventing some of the most disastrous impacts of climate change.

Staying on Track: A New Tool for Designing and Meeting Emissions-Reduction Goals

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s Mitigation Goal Standard, launched today, provides the first-ever standardized approach for designing, assessing, and reporting progress on a variety of national and subnational mitigation goals. The standard can help governments set emissions-reduction targets, meet domestic and international emissions reporting obligations to groups like the UNFCCC, and ensure that efforts to reduce emissions are actually achieving their intended results.

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