Colombia’s new climate plan adopts a national, economy-wide emissions reduction target for the first time, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below projected business-as-usual emissions by 2030.
This paper provides a framework and guidance that Parties to the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) can use in addressing how their climate contributions will be “fair and ambitious” as agreed in the 2014 Lima Call for Climate Action.
This week's climate talks in Bonn made important progress on the core structure of an international climate agreement, but time is short and countries will need to intensify their efforts to set the stage for success at COP21 in Paris in December.
Energy use in China's buildings is projected to rise by 40 percent between 2009 and 2030. Reducing this sector's footprint is critical for achieving the country's target of peaking its emissions by 2030.
So far, 56 countries (including 28 member states of the European Union) have submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Reflecting the nationally determined nature of these climate contributions, they vary significantly in form, scope and coverage. Yet a key question for all of them is: Have they provided information about whether they are fair and ambitious?
Australia’s just-announced plan for tackling climate change over the next decade proposes to cut emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Countries responsible for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions have now released their post-2020 climate action plans. How do they stack up, and what impact will they have in reining in warming?
In one of the least aggressive climate action plans of any developed country to date, Japan announced its commitment to reduce its emissions 26 percent below 2013 levels by 2030.
As Karl Hausker noted in a Congressional testimony, the United States can not only achieve its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent by 2025—doing so will actually create economic and quality-of-life benefits.
The joint statement goes beyond research and development and embraces an unprecedented accord on climate targets, where both countries committed to increase their share of renewables by 20 percent by 2030.
The world’s largest emitter plans to peak its emissions around 2030 and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in energy consumption to around 20 percent by the same year. The country's new climate plan also builds on these commitments with additional announcements on carbon intensity, forests, adaptation and more.
As the world’s largest emitter, an ambitious and comprehensive climate plan from China is critical, both for reducing the country’s impact and for the greater climate action such ambition would inspire internationally.
Ethiopia’s INDC sets an excellent example for developing countries to be ambitious in their post-2020 commitment design.
BONN, GERMANY/WASHINGTON, DC (JUNE 8, 2015) — On June 7th and 8th, government leaders met at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany.
BONN, GERMANY/WASHINGTON, DC (JUNE 5, 2015) — On June 7th and 8th, government leaders will convene at the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany.
This chart uses historical GHG emissions data and the targets and timetables in submitted pre-2020 pledges (for 2020 reductions) and INDCs to estimate the average annual change in emissions (decarbonization rate) from 2020-2030.
This chart presents each target against each chosen base year to help facilitate easy comparisons.
Negotiators at the Bonn intersessional should proceed with the seriousness and pace required to reach a new, international climate agreement at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in December.
Businesses can help move international climate action forward through direct interventions in their own operations and by creating a surround sound of support. Global Director of WRI's Business Center Kevin Moss lays out a five-point checklist.
Atmospheric concentrations of key greenhouse gases are higher now than over the past 800,000 years (Global Carbon Project 2014). As a result of human activity, such as fossil fuel burning and land-use change, greenhouse gas emissions have increased significantly since the pre-industrial era.