Making long-term low GHG emissions development strategies a reality

This guidance provides recommendations to policy makers on how to approach the development of a long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategy (LTS) given the unique circumstances of individual countries in 2020, and future revisions thereof. Read More

The important health benefits of preventing coal lock-in in Mongolia

Growing coal capacity in Mongolia has direct impacts on human health: Operations of coal-fired power plants could cause 1,600 premature deaths / 42,000 years of life lost between 2020 and 2050. Around 70% of these negative impacts would be caused by new power plants not yet in operation. Read More

The Mongolian electricity sector in the context of international
climate mitigation efforts

Synthesis report on the impacts of electricity supply sector development in Mongolia on climate change targets and health impacts associted to air pollution from coal power plants. Read More

COP 25: The lack of consensus for international carbon market rules should not distract from domestic decarbonisation

In stark contrast to the overwhelming wave of optimism for climate action from school children, students, and civil society across the world throughout 2019, the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Madrid closed on Sunday 15th December 2019 with an underwhelming outcome – more damage control than progress on climate ambition. Read More

Serious issues in the negotiations on international carbon markets (Article 6) must be addressed to avoid undermining the Paris Agreement

In this blogpost, the NewClimate markets team provides recommendations for the imminent SB50 negotiations to guarantee that Article 6 ensures its mandate to promote ambition and avoid undermining global climate efforts. Read More

Setting a course for decarbonised shipping: An Eight Point Carbon Pricing Plan

To achieve the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, global emissions – including shipping – must peak as soon as possible and decline rapidly, reaching net-zero by around 2050. To help bring this about, this blog presents eight steps to guide the implementation of a levy for international shipping. Read More

Paris Agreement Rulebook: Huge achievement but alone grossly insufficient

The adoption of the Paris rule book at COP24 in December 2018 was a historic moment for climate diplomacy, but it alone will not save the climate. The adoption shows that multilateralism can work – that countries can make joint decisions even in an era of rising populism. But the pace of decisions is by far too slow to effectively meet the objectives of the Agreement. The world needs ambitious climate action to have chance to stay within the 1.5°C limit. Read More

Aligning Investments with the Temperature Goal of the Paris Agreement

This working paper assesses how Multilateral Development Banks can support the global temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. It illustrates how the banks could strengthen existing tools to align their portfolios and activities with the globally agreed mitigation goal. Other finance institutions can also profit from many of the approaches included in the paper. Read More

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

Trump ist Risiko für die internationale Klimapolitik

Die Wahl von Donald Trump als neuer Präsident der USA stellt für die internationale Klimapolitik ein großes Risiko dar, mit direkten Auswirkungen sowohl auf nationaler Ebene für die USA als auch für den gesamten internationalen Klimaverhandlungsprozess im Zuge des Paris Abkommens. Trotz Vorbehalten des amerikanischen Kongresses setzte die Regierung unter Präsident Barack Obama mehrere Klimaschutzmaßnahmen… 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