This “Brown to Green” report by Climate Transparency provides a comprehensive overview and assessment for the G20 countries, whether - and how well - they are doing on the journey to transition to a low carbon economy. The report draws on publicly available information and makes use of the assessment work of the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) (operated by NewClimate Institute, Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Germanwatch’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). It summarises and compares the findings presented in each G20 country profile.

“Brown to Green” describes the Paris Agreement’s mission – and what we are doing to support it - in simple terms. The world must turn its back on destroying the climate through burning “brown” fossil fuels, and transition to a “green” low-carbon economy. Climate Transparency is using the best information, thorough analysis and well-reasoned judgment, to tell the world how well we are doing. Our analysis shows some encouraging signs that decarbonisation is progressing, but also that progress often moves at a snail’s pace, sideways, or even backwards.

“Brown to Green” is Climate Transparency’s second report. We publish this on the eve of the G20 summit in China, the world’s second biggest economic power that, ahead of hosting the G20, has stressed the importance of climate action. We hope that China will use the opportunity to drive the G20 climate agenda significantly forward.

The report and 20 country factsheets are also available here.

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