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Robust eligibility restrictions for offset credits are needed for CORSIA to truly compensate for the growth in aviation’s carbon emissions Mar 2018 - If airlines are allowed to use all available offset credits certified by programmes such as the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism and other voluntary standard bodies under a new global scheme to address international aviation emissions, the scheme will not truly compensate the sector’s growing CO2 emissions. To achieve the aviation scheme’s objective of carbon neutral growth, policy-makers must adopt robust criteria on the types of offset credits that are accepted. The rules should be designed to ensure that the scheme supports the development of new emission reduction projects or targets existing projects that would stop reducing emissions without further financial support. New research outlines the climate implications of various eligibility scenarios for offset credits.
Climate policy of new Merkel Government: Three steps forward – four back Mar 2018 - With the coalition agreement for a new German government under Angela Merkel, a major opportunity to realign German climate policy to the challenges of the Paris Climate Change Agreement has passed. The new coalition no longer aims to reach the German 2020 climate target in time. With this announcement, Germany officially steps down as an international climate champion and undermines the Paris agreement as a whole.
Klimapolitik im Koalitionsvertrag: Drei Schritte vor – vier zurück Mar 2018 - Mit dem Koalitionsvertrag von CDU/CSU und SPD ist eine große Chance vertan, deutsche Klimapolitik an den Herausforderungen des Pariser Klimaschutzabkommens neu auszurichten. Mit der Abkehr der großen Koalition, das für 2020 gesteckte Klimaziel tatsächlich auch in 2020 zu erreichen, gibt Deutschland nun offiziell die Rolle als internationaler Klimaschutzvorreiter auf und unterminiert damit das Abkommen als… Read More
Reducing food waste and changing diet could drastically reduce agricultural emissions Jan 2018 - A new analysis of agricultural emissions by the Climate Action Tracker shows that reducing emissions through changes in farming practices alone will not be enough to limit global warming to 1.5°C, but changing our diets and reducing food waste could make significant additional reductions, which calls for a much more holistic approach. Read the full… Read More
Deutschland droht das Pariser Klimaschutzabkommen zu unterminieren Jan 2018 - Mit der Abkehr der potentiellen neuen großen Koalition vom Klimaziel für 2020 gibt Deutschland nun offiziell die Rolle als internationaler Klimaschutzvorreiter auf. Mit Ausnahme der Förderung der Erneuerbaren Energien im Stromsektor und einigen Energieeffizienzmaßnahmen im Gebäudesektor ist in allen Sektoren versäumt worden, wirksame Klimaschutzmaßnahmen umzusetzen, so dass deutsche Treibhausgasemissionen in diesem Jahrzehnt nicht weiter sinken… Read More
Ten key sectoral benchmarks in ten years toward the 1.5°C warming limit – Climate Action Tracker analysis published in Climate Policy Dec 2017 - Analysis by the Climate Action Tracker was published in Climate Policy, an international peer-reviewed journal, today. The paper identifies ten important, short-term sectoral benchmarks that key sectors need to take to help the world achieve the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C limit.
Improvement in warming outlook as India and China move ahead, but Paris Agreement gap still looms large Nov 2017 - While US climate policy has been rolled back under President Trump, India and China have moved ahead, making significant progress in climate action over the past year, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said today.
NewClimate Institute contributions to COP 23 Nov 2017 - Meet our climate experts at COP23, here's our full list of contributions.
Decarbonising the global steel and cement sectors requires more than zero carbon fuels—now Oct 2017 - As part of our ongoing investigations into the decarbonisation of various sectors, our latest study looks at the emissions from the steel and cement industries (previous publications focused on transport, buildings, power). It’s a difficult nut to crack, as large chunks of the emissions are not related to conventional fossil fuel combustion.
Climate Action Tracker launches new rating system Sep 2017 - The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has updated its government climate action rating system to better reflect the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C long term warming limit. The new categories help to highlight the adequacy and fairness of government climate commitments for the Paris Agreement.
What the G20 can achieve on climate Jul 2017 - On July 7-8 the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies will meet in Hamburg for a much awaited G20 summit. The German presidency has made climate change a key agenda item but cracks to a G20 consensus have emerged after President Trump announced on 1 June it would withdraw the US from the climate treaty.
Increased reliance on natural gas risks an emissions lock-in – Climate Action Tracker Jun 2017 - As part of its decarbonisation series, the CAT today released an examination of gas in the power sector. The report, titled “Foot off the gas: increased reliance on natural gas in the power sector risks an emissions lock-in”, warns that natural gas will have to be phased out along with coal, if the world is to limit warming to 1.5˚C, as spelt out in the Paris Agreement long term temperature goal.
NewClimate Institute contributions to Innovate4Climate May 2017 - Meet NewClimate's carbon pricing and climate finance experts in Barcelona during Innovate4Climate from 22 to 25 May 2017.
China, India slow global emissions growth, Trump’s polices will flatten US emissions May 2017 - [Press Release] Global leadership on climate is changing, with positive developments on coal use in China and India likely to reduce projected global carbon emissions growth by roughly two to three billion tonnes by 2030, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said today. The recent, sweeping policy rollbacks by President Trump are unlikely to have a… Read More
NewClimate Institute contributions to Bonn UNFCCC meetings May 2017 May 2017 - NewClimate Institute contributions to Bonn UNFCCC meetings May 2017.
Event Invitation – The status and prospects of project based mitigation activities after Paris (Innovate4Climate) May 2017 - We would like to cordially invite you to a Knowledge Day event organised by NewClimate Institute and Öko-Institut on behalf of the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the German Environment Agency: The status and prospects of project based mitigation activities after Paris Pre-2020 support for stranded projects and implications of Article 6 Monday, May… Read More
Climate Action Tracker: It only takes a few countries to kick-start energy system decarbonisation Apr 2017 - 2 Page Summary Infographic Policy Summary Technical Report Triggering a global transformation of our energy systems as required by the Paris Agreement does not take the whole world—it can be started by just a small group of countries, according to a new Climate Action Tracker report. The global rise of renewable energy, which accounted… Read More
Whose international climate proposal is more ambitious? Apr 2017 - When countries put forward their climate proposals for the Paris Agreement, they were asked also to explain why these are ambitious. Countries found many ways to make their case: For example, the USA stated that its new proposal requires faster reduction than their earlier one. The EU declared that it wants to decrease emissions until… Read More
Trumps Klimapolitik würde Länderbewertung für USA von „mittelmäßig“ auf „ungenügend“ herabsetzen Mar 2017 - Die neue Verfügung von US Präsident Trump zur „nationalen Energieunabhängigkeit“ wird dazu führen, dass die USA ihre Zusage für das Pariser Klimaschutzabkommen verfehlen, so der Climate Action Tracker. Das Konsortium, das hinter dem Climate Action Tracker steht, würde die USA dafür von „mittelmäßig“ auf „ungenügend“ abwerten. Bei voller Umsetzung der Verfügung würden die Treibhausgasemissionen der… Read More
Trump’s climate policies would see US climate action rating drop from “medium” to “inadequate” Mar 2017 - US President Trump’s Executive Order on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” sets the US on a path to miss its Paris Agreement commitment for 2025 by a large margin, the Climate Action Tracker said today, adding that it would warrant moving the US from a “medium” to an “insufficient” CAT rating. If the Executive… Read More
PROSPECTS – A transparent energy and emissions tracking tool for developing countries – COP 23 Nov 2017 - Sebastian Sterl presented on “Prospects” a transparent energy and emissions tracking tool for developing countries, at the “How to strengthen the EU NDC?” side event during COP 23.
How to strengthen the EU NDC? Understanding the impact of sector-based policies – COP 23 Nov 2017 - Markus Hagemann presented on “How to strengthen the EU NDC?” at COP 23.
NDC Implementation – bridging the gap from climate change policy to sector approaches – COP 23 Nov 2017 - Frauke Röser from NewClimate Insitute presented at GIZ headquarters during COP 23. The event discussed NDC implementation by focusing on one of the main challenges: Alignment and coherence of sector policies and approaches with the national climate target and climate policies.
Assessment of NDCs and implemented policies – COP23 Nov 2017 - The Climate Action Tracker by NewClimate Institute, Climate Analytics and Ecofys presents the ongoing activities on NDC and current policy assessment, country rating and decarbonisation indicators. China EU India USA
GHG mitigation scenarios for major emitting countries – COP 23 Nov 2017 - Takeshi Kuramochi, Frederic Hans (NewClimate Institute), Michel den Elzen (PBL) and Nicklas Forsell (IIASA) presented findings from the 2017 Greenhouse gas mitigation scenarios for major emitting countries report at COP 23.
Are countries ready for Article 6? – COP 23 Nov 2017 - Ritika Tewari from NewClimate Institute presented findings from the Germany’s international cooperation on carbon markets report that is looking at Ukraine, Vietnam and Ethiopia readiness to implement Paris Agreement’s Article 6.
Climate equity and the Paris Agreement – COP 23 Nov 2017 - Bill Hare and Paola Parra from Climate Analytics and Lisa Luna from NewClimate Institute presented the Climate Action Tracker equity methodology at the “Climate equity and the Paris Agreement” side event in Bonn during COP 23. Introduction Equity methodology Equity update
The Climate Action Tracker: Latest analysis for the global stocktake – COP 23 Nov 2017 - The Climate Action Tracker: Latest analysis for the global stocktake from NewClimate Institute Niklas Höhne and Bill Hare presented the latest analysis of the Climate Action Tracker concerning the global stocktake at COP 23 in Bonn.
Overviews on the implementation of NDCs on a sectoral level (Innovate4Climate) May 2017 - Thomas Day from NewClimate Institute presented findings from eight briefing papers about coverage of sectors in NDCs and prospects for sector-driven implementation during the Innovate4Climate conference in Barcelona.
Vulnerability of CDM Projects for Discontinuation of Mitigation Activities (Innovate4Climate) May 2017 - Thomas Day from NewClimate Institute presented findings from the report "Vulnerability of CDM projects for discontinuation of mitigation activities" during Innovate4Climate in Barcelona.
CDM supply potential up to 2020 by project vulnerability of discontinuing abatement (Innovate4Climate) May 2017 - Thomas Day from NewClimate Institute presented preliminary results from the CDM supply potential up to 2020 by project vulnerability of discontinuing abatement during the Innovate4Climate conference in Barcelona.
Are countries ready for Article 6? Ethiopia – Case Study Research (SB46) May 2017 - Ritika Tewari from NewClimate Institute presented findings from a case study research at a workshop on Article 6 during the 2017 Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB46). The workshop’s objective was to foster an exchange on the development of market mechanisms in developing and emerging economies, and their integration in the framework of Article 6.
Vulnerability of CDM Projects for Discontinuation of Mitigation Activities (SB46) May 2017 - Thomas Day from NewClimate Institute presented findings from the report “Vulnerability of CDM projects for discontinuation of mitigation activities” during an official side-event at the 2017 Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB46). The report report looks at the vulnerability of CDM projects for discontinuation, as well as exploring options to support continued mitigation. Associated Publication Vulnerability… Read More
What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate policy in the Netherlands? Mar 2017 - 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
Was müssen wir tun, um das Pariser Klimaabkommen umzusetzen? Mar 2017 - 25 March 2017, Bonn Prof. Dr. Niklas Höhne, founding partner of NewClimate Institute, gave a presentation on how to implement the Paris Agreement at the “Jetzt. Klima. Wenden.” event organised by the Europagruppe Grüne.
Innovative Financing for the Adaptation Fund (AFB29) Mar 2017 - Climate Policy Analyst, Ritika Tewari, presented the findings of the ‘Innovative Financing for the Adaptation Fund: Pathways and Potentials’ report at the 29th Adpatation Fund Board meeting that took place during the 16th and 17th March in Bonn, Germany. Read the full report
Innovative financing options for the Adaptation Fund Nov 2016 - Carsten Warnecke from NewClimate Institute presents at COP22 in Marrakesh on innovative financing options for the Adaptation Fund. 09 November 2016, 11:30 Mediterranean Room, COP22 Livestream
Updated analysis of current climate policies and mitigation scenarios Nov 2016 - Takeshi Kuramochi from NewClimate Institute presents at COP22 in Marrakesh on current climate policies and mitigation scenarios of major emitting countries. 08 November 2016, 16:30 EU Pavilion, COP22 Side event flyer
Comparing the ambition level of INDCs Nov 2016 - Niklas Höhne presents at COP22 in Marrakech on ambition in INDCs. 08 November 2016, 16:30 EU Pavilion, COP22 Side event flyer
Sectoral approaches for NDC implementation Nov 2016 - Thomas Day presents from Marrakech at COP22 on sectoral approaches for NDC implementation. 07 November 2016 EU Pavilion, COP22