Assessing the ambition of post-2020 climate targets: a comprehensive framework

One of the most fundamental questions surrounding the new Paris Agreement is whether countries’ proposals to reduce GHG emissions after 2020 are equally ambitious, considering differences in circumstances between countries. This research article reviews a variety of approaches to assess the ambition of the GHG emission reduction proposals by countries. Read More

What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate policy in the Netherlands?

Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne and Sebastian Sterl from NewClimate Institute presented findings from the report “What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate policy in the Netherlands?” at the Borgingscommissie Energieakkoord voor duurzame groei in the Hague on the 28th March 2017. Associated Publication What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate policy in the… Read More

Climate Action Tracker launches new decarbonisation data portal

The decarbonisation data portal allows comparison across sectors under different scenarios: historical; the Paris Agreement’s emission reduction pledges; the CAT’s “current policy projection” scenario, “best-practice” examples, and the presently available 2˚C pathways (the latter will be updated once the new generation of Paris Agreement-compatible 1.5°C pathways are published later in 2017). Read More

Innovative Financing for the Adaptation Fund: Pathways and Potentials

This new report explores the potential of seven innovative climate finance options to meet the financing needs of the Adaptation Fund. It concludes that if implemented in a collective manner, these can provide a steady and predictable stream of finance for the Fund. However, the Adaptation Fund Board needs to proactively engage with relevant decision makers, following a dynamic resource mobilisation strategy. Potential engagement pathways for each option are discussed as well. Read More

International market mechanisms after Paris

The purpose of this paper is to identify the main goals and aims of the international carbon market, take into account the general context and environment for carbon markets under the Paris Agreement, identify and discuss the main issues of the relevant paragraphs and analyse issues of the interaction and relationship of the provisions including synergies and conflicts. The paper aims at facilitating the discussion among UNFCCC parties while, given the dynamic nature of the topic, it can obviously only be a snapshot of the current status of the discussions. Read More

Ten steps in ten years toward the 1.5˚C warming limit – Climate Action Tracker

Download report Download summary Marrakech, 16 November 2016 The Climate Action Tracker today spelt out ten important, short-term steps that key sectors need to take to help the world achieve the Paris Agreement’s 1.5˚C limit. All key sectors—energy generation, road transport, buildings, industry, forestry and land use, and commercial agriculture—have to begin major efforts to… Read More

Trump ist Risiko für die internationale Klimapolitik

Die Wahl von Donald Trump als neuer Präsident der USA stellt für die internationale Klimapolitik ein großes Risiko dar, mit direkten Auswirkungen sowohl auf nationaler Ebene für die USA als auch für den gesamten internationalen Klimaverhandlungsprozess im Zuge des Paris Abkommens. Trotz Vorbehalten des amerikanischen Kongresses setzte die Regierung unter Präsident Barack Obama mehrere Klimaschutzmaßnahmen… Read More

International Climate Initiatives – A way forward to close the emissions gap?

This study analyses the potential impact of the most ambitious International Climate Initiatives (ICIs) on GHG emissions in comparison to INDCs, identifies good practices shared by these initiatives, and further discusses the relationship between these initiatives and the UNFCCC. Read More

Designing NAMAs to catalyze bankable low-carbon investments

This policy brief looks at how to develop NAMAs in the form of policy and financial frameworks that make low-carbon projects bankable. This entails combining policy reforms and targeted interventions that address investment barriers and risks, as well as the development of a pipeline of low-carbon investments. Read More

Deutsche Energiewende müsste nach Paris beschleunigt werden

“Die Energiewende müsste erheblich beschleunigt werden, um die Ziele des Pariser Abkommens zu erfüllen”, sagte Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne auf dem 11. Deutschen Energiekongress am 7.9.2016 in München. Das Pariser Klimaschutzabkommen hat als Ziel, die Erderwärmung auch “weit unter 2°C” zu begrenzen und Anstrengungen zu unternehmen, sie auf 1.5°C zu begrenzen. Dazu müsste Deutschlands Energiewende beschleunigt werden.… Read More

Inaugurational lecture: Time window for action to limit climate change is closing rapidly

Press release Wageningen, September 1, 2016 – The window of opportunity for limiting climate warming up to 2°C is closing rapidly. However, a reinforcing upward spiral of national government policy, non-state actions and transformative coalitions will be essential even after the Paris agreement, if dangerous climate change is to be avoided. This optimistic, but critical… Read More

Climate Transparency: G20 not yet on the necessary transition from a “brown” to “green” economy

Press release from Climate Transparency Beijing, 1 September 2016 — The G20 needs to make more effort to move to a green, low-carbon economy, especially in the areas of coal power expansion and climate policy, but is beginning to head in the right direction.  This is the key result of a comprehensive assessment of G20… Read More