Publications

Tracking climate action

Realizing the promise of Paris: Roadmap to a safer climate Jan 2019- NRDC and NewClimate Institute examined a realistic set of 24 actions to reduce climate pollution from key countries and sectors. Just 19 of these actions can put the world on track for an emissions pathway needed in 2030 to hold global warming to below 2°C.
A research roadmap for quantifying non-state and subnational
climate mitigation action
Dec 2018- In this paper, we make recommendations regarding five main areas of research and methodological development related to evaluating nonstate and subnational climate actions.
Are the G20 economies making enough progress to meet their NDC targets? Dec 2018- This study compares projected GHG emissions in the G20 economies under current climate policies to those under the GHG targets outlined in the nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
The Climate Change Performance Index 2019 Dec 2018- Developed by NewClimate Institute, Germanwatch and CAN, the index ties in with the global Climate Change Performance Index by Germanwatch, a rating of the 58 largest emitters of GHG emissions globally that has been published annually since 2006.
Greenhouse gas mitigation scenarios for major emitting countries – Analysis of current climate policies and mitigation commitments: 2018 update Dec 2018- This report provides an overview of projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 25 major emitting countries/regions up to 2030, taking into account the emission trajectories based on current policies and the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
The Emissions Gap Report 2018: A UN Environment Synthesis Report Nov 2018- This is the 9th edition of the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report. It assesses the latest scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas emissions and compares these with the emission levels permissible for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Short term policies to keep the door open for Paris climate goals Jul 2018- This article shows how a strengthening of existing plans by a global roll-out of successful, regional sector policies can ease the implementation challenge of reaching the Paris climate goals.
Reducing global GHG emissions by replicating successful sector examples: the ‘good practice policies’ scenario Jun 2018- This article shows the potential impact on global GHG emissions in 2030, if all countries were to implement sectoral climate policies similar to successful examples already implemented elsewhere.
The EU can increase its climate targets to be in line with a global 1.5°C target May 2018- This project analyses best practice policies across Europe and how far extending them to all EU member states could support EU Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and energy targets. It finds that the EU can go much further than its current commitments in terms of GHG reductions: it has the potential to reach -55% to -62% below 1990 by 2030, consistent with the Paris commitment of staying “well below 2°C, pursuing 1.5°C”.
Update: GHG mitigation scenarios for major emitting countries – an overview of recently adopted policies Apr 2018- NewClimate Institute, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and IIASA present an overview of on climate and energy policies in 25 major emitting countries and regions that have been adopted since July 2017. The policy information compiled by in this document supplements the earlier 2017 update report on the projected greenhouse gas emissions under currently implemented policies and mitigation commitments in 25 countries and regions. Not only the qualitative descriptions of policies but also their possible implications on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions projections in 2030 are provided whenever available.