For country commitments to form the basis of an effectively functioning agreement, a framework of international climate machinery needs to be built around them.
Some reports say Japan will set a target to reduce its greenhouse gases 20 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. Research shows that the country can go much further, achieving reductions of 31-37 percent by 2030.
A new guidance document can help practitioners through the key steps to developing climate action commitments. The advance unedited publication, Designing and Preparing INDCs, was drafted in response to country requests.
China, the world’s largest emitter, is making strides to reduce its emissions by pricing carbon, investing in renewables and expanding energy efficiency.
Under Russia's new post-2020 climate change commitment, the country could actually increase its emissions 40-50 percent above current levels by 2030.
Climate change is an area where the United States needs to lead, says former Governor of New Mexico and WRI Board member Bill Richardson. Doing so will create a better planet for our children and a more prosperous future for our country.
Research shows that between 2015 and 2030, the world will need to invest an average of $6.2 trillion annually in infrastructure. More than 120 financial actors recently came together to discuss ways to secure this finance and ensure it supports low-carbon, climate-resilient projects.
The new US commitment to tackling climate change is a serious and achievable plan. The country will double its rate of emissions cuts between 2020 and 2025, reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Mexico committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent from business-as-usual levels by 2030, becoming the first developing country to submit its post-2020 national climate action plan.