As 2020 began, the question of whether and how countries would strengthen their commitments under the Paris Agreement loomed large, driven by a global youth climate movement and a growing recognition of the urgency to keep temperature change below 1.5 degrees C. The sudden arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly complicated this task, consuming the attention of national leaders and senior officials.
Today in remarks delivered before the United Nations General Assembly, President Xi Jinping made a surprise announcement that China aims to achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 and to peak carbon emissions before 2030. Following is a statement from Helen Mountford, Vice President, Climate and Economics, World Resources Institute.
While setting a net-zero target can signal a serious commitment to long-term climate action, several critical design factors determine the rigor of these targets and the extent to which they set a country on a plausible pathway to a net-zero future in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
While the amount of climate-friendly stimulus spending leaves much to be desired, some countries are making strides toward greening their economic recovery.
This paper aims is a resource for national policymakers that are considering, designing and communicating net-zero targets. It provides recommendations for targets that are in line with the latest climate science and Paris Agreement temperature goals as well as an overview of countries’ targets to date.
As countries consider how to step up climate ambition while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Chile leads by example with a new national climate commitment, or NDC.
The COVID-19 pandemic illuminates the need to build back better and create resilience to future crises, including the impacts of climate change.
The Republic of Korea has an opportunity to effectively address the COVID-19 crisis, while also becoming a climate leader.
Since the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015 and signed by 175 countries on Earth Day the following year, global momentum to tackle the climate emergency has been building. But progress hasn't been nearly fast enough.
This webinar highlights cost-effective solutions in forest conservation, restoration and management that can be included in national climate plans for large-scale reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and removal of carbon from the atmosphere.
In this webinar, experts from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, FAO and Oxfam will share their latest research on supporting low-carbon transformation in the agriculture sector through enhancing 2020 NDCs.
Japan's newly announced climate plan is no stronger than the one it submitted five years ago. It fails to grasp the seriousness of climate impacts for Japan or the significant economic opportunities available by pursuing a low-carbon future.
This report is dedicated to supporting countries in implementing their NDCs.
This webinar identifies options to transform the power sector that should be prioritized in the 2020 NDCs.
Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway and Moldova are the first countries to submit an enhanced "nationally determined contribution," or NDC. The Paris Agreement on climate change calls on countries to submit stronger NDCs every five years, beginning in 2020.
This webinar will focus on options for countries to incorporate targets, policies, and actions on SLCPs into their updated NDCs. It also highlights the many climate, health and development gains that can be achieved by focusing on these highly potent but short-lived gases which include methane, tropospheric ozone, black carbon and HFCs.
Co-hosted by NDC Partnership, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), UN Development Programme and World Resources Institute, this webinar highlights three key opportunities to strengthen national climate action in the transport sector.
A new report finds that U.S. states, cities and businesses are already on pace to reduce emissions 25% below 2005 levels by 2030, and could cut emissions further just by scaling up existing actions.
Organized by UK COP26 President-Designate and World Resources Institute, this high-level side event at COP25 in Madrid focused on the growing international momentum around net-zero targets, and how this can drive more ambitious national climate action in line with the science and decreasing costs of clean technologies.
Negotiators at COP25 have an opportunity to get countries' national climate action plans onto the same schedule. A common time frame would improve transparency and coordination, and facilitate greater collective ambition.