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Mitigation targets, policies and actions

Tracking, evaluation and support of climate change mitigation policies and actions from a wide range of stakeholders to support ambition-raising efforts.

Tracking climate action

Overview

The Paris Agreement mandates countries to develop, communicate and implement so-called nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in the context of long-term strategies (LTS) towards full decarbonisation of the economy. These in turn require climate policy planning and the implementation of policies, measures and action at national, subnational and sectoral levels.

Importantly, all climate policy efforts should be aligned with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting global temperature increase to 1.5°C while securing and safeguarding sustainable development for all. Mainstreaming climate policy and sustainable development goals into national policy frameworks is a huge challenge where countries can benefit from the exchange of good practices and lessons learned from different parts of the globe.

We support ambitious mitigation targets and action through:

  • Supporting the development and revision of NDCs, LTS and climate action plans at national and sectoral levels
  • Formulation of ambitious sectoral transformation strategies and associated policy measures
  • Building institutional structures and capacities for climate policy implementation
  • Tracking and quantifying targets and policies
  • Methods for evaluating net-zero or climate neutrality claims
  • Estimating the impact of climate action on national and global emissions
  • Benchmarks for 1.5°C compatibility on the sector and national level
  • Methods to rate governments’ and other actors’ climate action
Achieving High-Integrity Voluntary Climate Action (ACHIEVE)

This Horizon Europe research grant project will identify opportunities to strengthen and scale up voluntary climate action, with the...

Strategic Horizon Scanning (Klimascan)

The project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA...

Delivering the promise of Paris: Roadmap to a safer climate

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, countries agreed to collectively limit the average global temperature increase by the end of the century...

European Climate Neutrality Observatory (ECNO)

The European Climate Neutrality Observatory (ECNO) aims to help ensure the EU achieves climate neutrality by providing scientifically...

National 1.5 °C wind and solar benchmarks

A significant amount of GHGs contributing to the climate crisis are emitted from the power sector, through the combustion of fossil...

Tracking the progress of subnational and non-state climate action

Page navigation About the project The consortium Relevant publications About the project CAMDA is a community of data and analytical...

Net Zero Tracker

The Net Zero Tracker is the world’s only open-source independent review of the quantity and quality of net zero targets across...

Horizon 2020 ELEVATE

ELEVATE aims to develop scientific insights to support the preparations of Nationally Determined Contributions and national climate...

The Netherlands’ fair contribution to climate change mitigation

In this project, NewClimate analysed the Netherland’ government’s proposed target pathway of reducing GHG emissions to 55% below 1990...

Systems Change Lab

Change is rarely linear, and transitions are often dynamic. A faster than expected growth has been observed in some technologies, e.g...

The Climate Action Tracker's guide to a good 2035 climate target
Publication date 10 Jun 2024

For a second year in a row, the world continues to break temperature records as greenhouse gas emissions rise, leading to more extreme...

Supporting the Paris Agreement through international cooperation: Potential contributions, institutional robustness and progress of Glasgow climate initiatives
Publication date 29 Apr 2024

Many sector-level cooperative initiatives involving both national governments and non-state actors were launched around the 2021...

Climate policy in 2023
Publication date 04 Apr 2024

This article is published in the Climate chronicles , which brings together Nature Reviews Earth & Environment's annual series of 'Year...

Climate targets by major steel companies: An assessment of collective ambition and planned emission reduction measures
Publication date 19 Jan 2024

This article , published in Energy and Climate Change journal, systematically assesses the status, robustness, and potential impact of...

Mobile Work in the future - Climate Protection Opportunities and Risks
Publication date 05 Jan 2024

In the future, more and more people will probably no longer work in the office at the company's location or public institution, but...

Climate Action Tracker Briefing: COP28 initiatives will only reduce emissions if followed through
Publication date 09 Dec 2023

We published an adjusted version of the briefing on 11 Dec 2023 to reflect the most recent status of the final oil and gas...

Climate Change Performance Index 2024
Publication date 08 Dec 2023

Despite boom in renewables: world no closer to Paris climate goals until fossil fuels decline drastically The Climate Change...

Climate Action Tracker Briefing: No change to warming as fossil fuel endgame brings focus onto false solutions
Publication date 05 Dec 2023

Despite government promises, warming projections have not improved since Glasgow two years ago, amid worsening climate impacts . In a...

Five major shifts since the Paris Agreement that give hope in a just, Paris-compatible transition
Publication date 23 Nov 2023

This paper gives an overview of what has been achieved in the last years of international climate policy at the global level along...

NewClimate Institute at COP28
Publication date 22 Nov 2023

The 28th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP) takes place from 30 November - 12 December 2023. NewClimate Institute was present in...

Climate Action Tracker's Data Explorer

The Climate Action Tracker's (CAT) Data Explorer is an interactive web-based tool, that allows users to explore CAT data from CAT's...

Climate Policy Database

The Climate Policy Database (CDPB) is an open, collaborative tool to advance the data collection of the implementation status of...

Performance Distribution Tool

The Performance Distribution Tool is an web-based application that was developed to support the first Global Stocktake (GST), which is...

Net Zero Tracker and ChatNetZero

Net Zero Tracker The Net Zero Tracker is the world’s only open-source independent review of the quantity and quality of net zero...

Systems Change Lab data platform

Systems Change Lab is a collaborative initiative designed to spur action at the pace and scale needed to tackle some of the world’s...

Policy impact assessment tool (EV)

The EV policy impact assessment tool allows for the quantification of future share of new Electric Vehicles (EVs) and future share of...

CAAT - Climate Action Aggregation Tool

The ICAT Climate Action Aggregation Tool (CAAT) guides users in a step-by-step process to define a research scope, compile non-state...

Policy impact assessment tool (RE)

The RE policy impact assessment tool allows for the quantification of future share of variable renewables in electricity generation in...

Press release: CAT guide to a good 2035 NDC target
Publication date 10 Jun 2024

If governments don't strengthen their 2030 targets and fail to substantially increase climate action before 2030, limiting peak global...

Press release - CCPI 2024: Despite boom in renewables: World no closer to Paris climate goals until fossil fuels decline drastically
Publication date 08 Dec 2023

For the 19th time in a row, Germanwatch, NewClimate Institute, and CAN International publish the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI...

Press release - CAT COP28 briefing
Publication date 05 Dec 2023

Projected warming almost unchanged for two years as governments push false solutions over climate action Despite their promises...

COP28 needs to switch mode from finding the smallest common denominator to achieving what was before unimaginable
Publication date 22 Nov 2023

The 28th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP) takes place from 30 November - 12 December 2023, at the end of another year of...

Release: State of Climate Action report finds progress lags on every measure except EV sales
Publication date 14 Nov 2023

WASHINGTON (November 14, 2023) – Global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C are failing across the board, with recent progress made on...

Press release - CAT briefing: What will it take for countries to get their power sectors on track for 1.5°C?
Publication date 19 Sep 2023

The Climate Action Tracker today released a new analysis of progress across 16 countries in fossil gas, coal and renewable power...

Press release - CAT briefing: COP28 must focus on oil and gas phase-out, not distractions like CCS
Publication date 08 Jun 2023

Bonn, Germany - An immediate halt to new oil and gas investments and a phase-out of production should be the focus of the COP28 climate...

Major Dutch companies’ climate pledges fall short of what is needed for Paris Agreement
Publication date 05 Jul 2022

Berlin, 5 July 2022 – New analysis published today shows that major Dutch companies only commit to reduce their emissions by 19% by...

The UN Climate Change reconvenes next week in Bonn: what will be discussed?
Publication date 09 Jun 2022

Image via Flickr The midyear UN climate conference “ 56 th session of the Subsidiary Bodies” will take place from 6 to 16 June 2022, in...

Enhancing national climate ambition through city and business climate change targets: a whole-of-society approach
Publication date 10 Feb 2021

A new tool to evaluate integrated climate action of non-state and subnational actors The world now faces a critical juncture as...

Bonn sessions: Climate Action Tracker press conference 2024
Venue Nairobi 4, World Conference Center Bonn
Date 10 Jun 2024
Start time 10:00 am

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) team presented their latest briefing at a press conference at the SB60 in Bonn. Speakers: Maria José...

Bonn sessions: Promoting Climate Action around the World: Insights from Policy-Relevant Research
Venue German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Date 07 Jun 2024
Start time 06:00 pm

The goal of this Science Policy Dialogue, organised by German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and by the University...

Bonn sessions: The role of the private sector in bolstering ambitious & credible NDCs on the road to COP30
Venue Room Berlin, World Conference Center Bonn
Date 05 Jun 2024
Start time 04:15 pm

On June 5th, the Net Zero Tracker is co-hosting an event alongside CDP, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)...

Bonn sessions: ELEVATE International Stakeholder Workshop
Venue Bonn Marriott Hotel, Bonn, Germany
Date 05 Jun 2024
Start time 01:00 pm

The interaction between science and policymakers is essential in finding ways to reach the Paris Agreement's goals. The ELEVATE project...

COP28: Turning the Global Stocktake into Action on the Ground
Venue SE Room 1, Zone B6
Date 09 Dec 2023
Start time 04:45 pm

At COP28, negotiators must deliver a rapid response plan to the Global Stocktake that decarbonizes economies at a pace and depth scale...

COP28: Ratcheting integrity of net zero commitments to unlock ambition loops and regain climate momentum
Venue SE Room 3, Blue Zone, COP28
Date 08 Dec 2023
Start time 04:45 pm

National net zero targets and climate litigation have strengthened markedly in recent years, and UNFCCC’s new Recognition and...

COP28: Climate Change Performance Index 2024 launch
Venue Press Conference 2, Zone B6
Date 08 Dec 2023
Start time 01:00 pm

At this press conference we will release the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2024. The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)...

COP28: Limiting warming to 1.5°C: Systems transformation in the energy sector
Venue EU pavilion [online only]
Date 06 Dec 2023
Start time 04:30 pm

Framed by the current climate crisis, exemplified by the record-breaking events of this summer, the event highlighed the growing role...

COP28: What we need from the Global Stocktake
Venue Action Arena 2 (Al Wakri), Blue Zone
Date 05 Dec 2023
Start time 10:00 am

Insights from the latest UNEP Emissions Gap Report and UNFCCC NDC Synthesis Report This joint UNFCCC and UNEP side event features high...

COP28: Press conference - Climate Action Tracker
Venue Press conference room 2, B6, Blue Zone
Date 05 Dec 2023
Start time 09:00 am

The CAT team presented their latest Global Update briefing at a press conference at COP28 in Dubai. Speakers: Ana Missirliu, NewClimate...

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