From December 2-14 2018, the 24th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC took place. NewClimate Institute was present at Katowice with multiple events. Also, we already had released several related publications beforehand, and continued doing so during the COP itself. Find all information about it here.

Events & Appearances

Events with NewClimate Institute participation:

Side event: Increasing mitigation action for 1.5°C (NewClimate-Event) NewClimate Institute and Wuppertal Institute presented an analysis on short-term steps to reduce emissions.
Organiser: CAN Europe, NewClimate Institute
Speakers: Lisa Luna (NewClimate), Hanna Wang-Helmreich (Wuppertal Institute), Kakhaberi Mdiviani (Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia)


Side event: UNEP Gap Report Authors of the UNEP emissions gap report presented findings on the emissions gap and ways to narrow it.
Organiser: UNEP
Speakers: Authors of the UNEP Emissions Gap report, incl. Niklas Höhne (NewClimate)
Side event: Making climate action more transparent and ambitious Lessons learned from the first round of NDCs. Organiser: DIE, IVM, Yale Speakers: Pieter Pauw (DIE), Angel Hsu (Yale), Oscar Widerberg (IVM), Paula Castro (UZH), Mizan Khan (North South University), Niklas Höhne (NewClimate Institute) and others
Tuesday 4 December 15h00 - 16h30 Room Wisla


Side event: Transitioning to a new era of flexible mechanisms for increased ambition Lessons which should be drawn for the design of future markets. Organiser: Carbon Market Watch & Indigenous Environmental Network Speakers: various, including Carsten Warnecke (NewClimate) Event Agenda & Registration
Tuesday 4 December 16h45 - 18h15 Room Warmia


Side event: The Emissions Gap and the Brown to Green report - How do we enhance ambition and accelerate action? This side event featured presentations of the key findings of the two reports, followed by an interactive discussion between panelists and the audience. Organiser: UNEP DTU Partnership, Climate Transparency Speakers: various, including Niklas Höhne and Takeshi Kuramochi (both NewClimate)
Tuesday 4 December 17h00 - 18h30 EU Pavilion


Side event: Leading the way on enhanced ambition Policy opportunities in China and Europe at the sector level. Organiser: ClimateWorks Foundation Speakers: various, including Frederic Hans (NewClimate) Accompanying documents
Tuesday 4 December 18h30 - 20h00 EU Pavilion
Room Brussels


Side event: The future role of the Adaptation Fund (AF) in the international climate finance architecture Organiser: Germanwatch Speakers: various, including Carsten Warnecke (NewClimate) Accompanying documents
Wednesday 5 December 12h00 - 13h30 German Pavilion


Side event: From the skies or the sea: How can regulation align international transport with the Paris goals? (NewClimate-Event) This side-event presented the ongoing policy negotiations to regulate emissions from international aviation and shipping in ICAO and the IMO and asked whether the current approaches are aligned with achieving the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. Organiser: NewClimate Institute, T&E Speakers: various, incl. Harry Fearnehough, Aki Kachi, Thomas Day (all NewClimate) Accompanying documents
Wednesday 5 December 13h30 - 15h30 EU Pavilion


Side event: A new understanding of Paris-compatible climate action: Translating 1.5°C into technological, social, and political examples of transitional change around the world. (NewClimate-Event) How do we bring the Paris 1.5°C goal to life? Experts, practitioners and decision-makers will present and discuss Paris-compatible climate action happening today with examples from economic sectors, policies, businesses, law and people. Organiser: Greenpeace, NewClimate Institute Speakers: Juan Pablo Osornio (Greenpeace), Niklas Höhne, Hanna Fekete (both NewClimate), Heidi Finskas (KLP), Happy Khambule (Greenpeace)
Wednesday 5 December 15h00 - 16h30 Room Warmia


Press conference: How can the EU raise its climate ambition? Climate Action tracker press conference. Climate Action Tracker
Thursday 6 December 10h00 - 10h30 Press conference room


Side event: How possible are “system transitions” consistent with global warming of 1.5? Organiser: IGES and Wuppertal Institut Speakers: various, including Hanna Fekete (NewClimate)
Thursday 6 December 13h00 - 14h30 Japan Pavilion


Side event: Energy Transition in Turkey Organiser: Istanbul Policy Center and SHURA Speakers: various, including Takeshi Kuramochi (NewClimate)
Thursday 6 December 15h30 - 17h30 Turkey Pavilion


Side event: How can South Africa move toward a 1.5°C pathway? Organiser: Climate Action Tracker Speakers: various, including Hanna Fekete, Niklas Höhne and Frederic Hans (all NewClimate)
Thursday 6 December 16h00 - 16h45 South Africa Pavilion


Side event: Aligning Investments with the Temperature Goal of the Paris Agreement (NewClimate-Event) Experts discussed how Multilateral Development Banks can support the global temperature goal of the Paris Agreement, and how the banks could strengthen existing tools to align their portfolios and activities with the globally agreed mitigation goal. Organiser: BMZ, Germanwatch, WRI, NewClimate Institute Speakers: various, including Hanna Fekete (NewClimate) Accompanying documents
Thursday 6 December 17h30 - 19h00 German Pavilion


Side event: Briefing “Climate Finance – Next steps to foster climate action” A conversation on the future outlook for climate finance with representative from the financial sector, civil society and science. Organiser: ICC Speakers: various, including Aki Kachi (NewClimate)
Friday 7 December 10h00 - 11h30 German Pavilion


Side event: Driving NDC Implementation How can global initiatives for NDC implementation and finance foster sustainable and ambitious NDC progress? Organiser: BMU Speakers: various, including Norber Gorissen (BMU) and Niklas Höhne (NewClimate)
Friday 7 December 12h00 - 13h30 German Pavilion


Side event: NDC Update Report 2018 (NewClimate-Event) Launch of the latest edition of the NDC Update Report which discusses progress of NDC implementation with a special focus on Ambition. Organiser: ECN Speakers: various, including Thomas Day (NewClimate) A2A project page
Friday 7 December 15h00 - 16h30 Benelux Pavilion


Side event: Tracking progress on NDCs – Gaps and needs on national and regional policy and research strategy (NewClimate-Event) This side event presenedt research results, tools and initiatives aiming at monitoring, evaluating and implementing national NDCs both in Northern and the Southern countries. Organiser: IRD, PBL, Climate Action Tracker Speakers: various, including Takeshi Kuramochi and Niklas Höhne (both NewClimate) Climate Action Tracker Accompanying documents
Saturday 8 December 10h30 - 12h00 EU Pavilion


Side event: Raising ambition: What do the long-term mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement mean for countries and how can they be implemented? (NewClimate-Event) Experts and policy makers discussed case studies from Argentina and South Africa. Organiser: NewClimate Institute Speakers: various, including Frauke Röser and Niklas Höhne (both NewClimate)
Saturday 8 December 14h00 - 14h45 German Pavilion


Side event: Building partnerships and tracking progress – Role of non-state and subnational climate actors How do non-state actors perform and how can action be strengthened? Organiser: DIE Speakers: various, including Niklas Höhne (NewClimate)
Saturday 8 December 14h30 - 16h00 EU Pavilion


Press conference: Climate Change Performance index (CCPI) (NewClimate-Event) Release of the 2019 version of the Climate Change Performance Index. Organiser: Germanwatch, CAN, NewClimate Institute Speakers: various including Jan Burck (Germanwatch), Niklas Höhne (NewClimate) CCPI project page
Monday 10 December 10h30 - 11h00 Press conference room


Side event: Emerging Science of 1.5°C: Mitigation Pathways to Paris How to limit warming in line with the Paris Agreement? How can we achieve a just transition and climate neutrality across key economic sectors? Organiser: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung Speakers: various, including Niklas Höhne (NewClimate)
Monday 10 December 14h00 - 14h45 German Pavilion


Side event: Raising Ambition by Linking National with Non-Party Actions This event reviewed recent assessments of the impact of non-Party climate action in the US and globally, and discussed approaches to fuse assessment of non-Party action with raising ambition at the national level in advance of the SG’s 2019 summit and 2020 COP. Organiser: UMD Center for Global Sustainability Speakers: various, including Niklas Höhne (NewClimate)
Monday 10 December 15h00 - 16h30 Room Pieniny


Side event: Shifting the trillions: the role of finance and net GHG neutrality to tackle climate impacts The side event brought together representatives from banking, industry and civil society to discuss the important role of finance to advance the climate agenda and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Organiser: ICC, BDI, Action Aid Speakers: various, moderation by Frauke Röser (NewClimate)
Monday 10 December 15h30 - 16h30 EU Pavilion


Evening reception: The role of co-benefits to drive climate action (NewClimate-Event) Discussing methods, tools and approaches to understand co-benefits of climate action to support the implementation of the Paris agenda. Organiser: NewClimate Institute, ECN Speakers: various, including Harry Fearnehough (NewClimate) A2A homepage
Monday 10 December 18h00 - 21h00 Restaurant “Stare i Nowe”
Chorzowska 7B


Press conference: Climate Action Tracker temperature update (NewClimate-Event) Release of the up to date assessment of NDCs, their implementation and impact on global temperature. Organiser: Climate Action Tracker Speakers: Bill Hare (Climate Analytics), Yvonne Deng (Ecofys), Niklas Höhne (NewClimate) CAT homepage
Tuesday 11 December 11h30 - 12h00 Press conference room


Side event: 2018 UNEP Gap Report Presentation of the latest findings. Speakers: various authors of the report
Tuesday 11 December 13h15 - 14h45 Room Pieniny


Side event: Mainstreaming Paris alignment in Multilateral Development Banks Discussion of the principles behind the emerging harmonized approach to aligning MDBs' investments with the Paris Agreement. Speakers: various, including Aki Kachi (NewClimate)
Tuesday 11 December 16h10 - 17h05 WWF Pavilion


Side event: Article 6 pilots and ambition raising – Opportunities and safeguards (NewClimate-Event) Voluntary cooperation between Parties has the potential to increase ambition as needed for the long-term temperature goal. Article 6 activities should be carefully selected, designed and implemented to safeguard against potential risks that can create conditions for ambition disincentives. This side event discussed ambition in carbon markets including possible pilots. Organiser: NewClimate Institute Speakers: Franke Wolke (German Emissions Trading Authority DEHST); Aki Kachi (NewClimate Institute); Jakob Graichen (Öko-Institut); Felipe de Leon (Costa Rica); Laurence Mortier (Switzerland, invited); Gilles Dufrasne (Carbon Market Watch); Marion Verles (Gold Standard); Kentaro Takahashi (Japan, invited)
Wednesday 12 December 15h30 - 17h00 IETA Pavilion


Side event: What a low-carbon world really looks like in the next decades Modelling tools used and required for long-term planning. Organiser: PBL, IIASA, UBA Speakers: various, including Markus Hagemann (NewClimate)
Thursday 13 December 14h30 - 16h00 EU Pavilion
Related Publications

Publications related to the COP24:



Climate and development:







Tracking countries' climate actions:



Climate Action Tracker The Climate Action Tracker evaluates whether 32 countries are on track to meet their climate commitments, annually estimates the global temperature increase based on implemented policies and pledges, and analyses options to strengthen mitigation action on a country and sector level. Climate Action Tracker homepage

Special report series:

Scaling Up Climate Action:This new report series considers options for countries to move their emissions towards a Paris Agreement compatible pathway and achieve significant benefits. The first report on South Africa covers actions for electricity production, urban passenger transport, and residential buildings. CAT Scaling up project page Decarbonisation Memo Series:This memo series provides guidance on how major emitting sectors can achieve the rapid transformations required to meet the Paris Agreement temperature goal. CAT Decarb Memos project page






Climate finance:




Carbon markets:










Sub-national and non-state action:




Climate negotiations:

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