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

The Paris Agreement: resolving the inconsistency between global goals and national contributions

Article published in Climate Policy on resolving the inconsistency between global goals and national contributions. We find that many of the contributions are conservative and in some cases may be overachieved. We also find that the preparation of the INDCs has advanced national climate policy-making, notably in developing countries. Read More

What the Paris Agreement means for global climate change mitigation

On 12 December 2015, 195 countries made history when they agreed the first truly global international climate change agreement, marking a major milestone in a political process that has spanned decades. What is the significance of the agreement for the future of climate change mitigation efforts? NewClimate Institute reflects on the implications of the 2015 Paris Agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

How can the new climate agreement support robust national mitigation targets? Opportunities up to Paris and beyond.

Download report The international community is negotiating a new global climate agreement to be applicable from 2020 onwards. Parties aim at signing the agreement in December 2015, at the Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris. Until then, countries are already preparing proposals for their individual contributions, their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The INDCs will,… Read More

Options for assessing ambition of mitigation commitments beyond Paris

Download report This paper provides an overview of options to assess mitigation commitments before Paris and beyond. This includes a review of current activities to assess individual INDCs as well as a discussion of some of the attributes and requirements such assessment needs to fulfil. The paper goes on to explore options of how the… Read More

Press release: National climate ambition could be higher if actions of non-state actors were considered

Cologne, 25 November 2015: Commitments by non-state actors (cities, regions, business and sectors) further reduce German greenhouse gas emissions beyond what is implied by current policies. This is found by new research undertaken by NewClimate Institute supported by Stiftung Mercator. Read More

Submitted climate change proposals (INDCs) cover over 85% of global emissions by October

Contacts for further information: Thomas Day, Niklas Höhne The updated results of NewClimate Institute’s research to track the preparation of INDCs are now published. View the results All countries have been asked to present an emissions reduction proposal, which would ultimately be included in a new international climate agreement in December 2015.  119 submissions, representing 147… Read More

Submitted climate change proposals (INDCs) expected to cover over 75% of global emissions by the end of September

Contacts for further information: Niklas Höhne, Thomas Day, Markus Hagemann The updated results of NewClimate Institute’s research to track the preparation of INDCs are now published. View the results All countries have been asked to present an emissions reduction proposal, which would ultimately be included in a new international climate agreement in December 2015.  29 submissions (including… Read More

Emissions Gap – How close are INDCs to 2 and 1.5°C pathways?

Government climate action would see warming well beyond 2˚C Bonn — 2 September 2015 — The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2°C, the Climate Action Tracker said today. The analysis by the consortium of four… Read More