Scores of countries are expected to announce plans at next week's UN Climate Action Summit to accelerate and scale up global ambition to implement the Paris Agreement. Twelve have already shared their long-term strategies to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury. Climate Watch's new Long-term Strategy Tracker offers a look.
China's market for new buildings is booming. Constructing zero carbon buildings would enable China and other countries to keep up with demand without further fueling climate change.
World leaders are gathering New York City for a summit on an urgent challenge that affects every aspect of our lives, from the economy to jobs, security and migration and our health. It is, of course, the climate crisis. National leaders will have three main tasks to accomplish.
September 20 is the first day of a week-long youth-led climate strike that will take place in thousands of locations around the world. In support, WRI’s offices in Washington DC will host a Climate Strike Teach-In for youth, with briefings on climate science; the Paris Agreement; a hands-on demonstration of Resource Watch, the WRI data platform for a sustainable future; and a tour of WRI premises. Program runs from 9:00 to 9:30 so that participants can join the DC Climate Strike March which starts at 11:00.
Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New WRI research finds there are policy pathways to reach zero carbon buildings regardless of location or development status. The report identifies eight pathways countries can take to reach zero carbon buildings by reducing energy demand and cleaning energy supply.
This Friday, young people in the United States are joining with the global youth climate movement to go on strike to demand that adults act responsibly to protect their future. They also want adults to join the strike in solidarity.
Take a look at the events WRI will participate in during The United Nations' Climate Action Summit 2019.
During this webinar, participants will hear real-world examples of governance arrangements for developing and implementing long-term, low-emissions development strategies and learn about new research that explores country experience.
This webinar will provide participants with a better understanding of how to establish an effective domestic MRV system.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.
This paper introduces the concept of a “data loop”— the relationship between governments and the private sector focused on enhancing data sharing to accelerate climate action.
Resources for Countries to Enhance National Climate Plans (NDCs) Under the Paris Agreement
Join World Resources Institute for a rich discussion on how to advance policies in the United States that respond to the scale of the climate challenge.
During the webinar experts will showcase core functions of Climate Watch. Learn how to explore emissions data and track countries’ climate commitments.
Statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI United States following an announcement that Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW of North America struck a deal with California to produce more fuel-efficient cars for their U.S. fleets in coming years.
This webinar, co-organized by the 2050 Pathways Platform, UN Development Programme and World Resources Institute, will highlight the purpose and benefits of long-term strategies and provide a snapshot of countries’ progress ahead of the Summit. It will set the scene and describe the landscape of country experiences on long-term strategies, as well as provide a preview of the upcoming Summit. The benefits of developing long-term strategies will additionally be covered through a discussion on the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy and net-zero emissions goal. The webinar will also feature a moderated Q&A session for participants to ask questions.
On July 24, WRI Senior Fellow Karl Hausker, Ph.D., testified in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. The hearing, titled “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy,” examined the challenges and opportunities associated with deep decarbonization of the United States economy.
This high-level event is organized at the High-Level Political Forum 2019 in the context of the reviews of SDG 13 on climate change and SDG 10 on inequality reduction. Participants will share ways to better reconcile climate action and social equity. The event will provide recommendations and examples that countries can take up, especially as part of revising their climate plans – known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) - by 2020, and that could support a common narrative and concrete actions for just transitions at the SDG and Climate Summits in September.
Join WRI’s Climate Program for an energy and climate seminar by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) to discuss a new report, which includes a climate change scenario that models what the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) would need to do consistent with a global limit of 2-degrees Celsius warming by 2050.
The webinar will focus on identifying opportunities, sharing lessons learned, and articulating options for overcoming challenges to strengthening Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement by 2020. WRI and UNDP will present guidance being developed on NDC enhancement.