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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.

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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
State of Climate Action 2021

NewClimate, as part of the Climate Action Tracker, contributed to the State of Climate Action 2021 report. The report identifies 40...

Supporting collective progress assessment under the Global Stocktake

Differentiated analysis of collective progress and national courses of action following the Global Stocktake Together with Öko...

Tracking national mitigation efforts post-2020

Together with International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and FTSE Russell, NewClimate Institute analysed climate...

Advancing the COMPASS toolbox to assess climate action

NewClimate Institute is an implementing partner of the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), supporting its work to...

NDC Design

As part of the Paris Agreement, countries are mandated to update and enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every...

Horizon 2020 ENGAGE

The EU-funded ENGAGE project will invite key stakeholders to co-produce a new generation of global and national decarbonisation...

Implications of the decrease of RES-E and battery cost projections for the revision of the NDCs of Argentina, Mexico and Indonesia

The Paris Agreement foresees regular revisions of the NDCs following a periodic global stocktake, with the objective to take stock of...

Climate Action Tracker – Scaling Up Climate Action

In a consortium with Climate Analytics and Ecofys, NewClimate Institute contributes to the Climate Action Tracker’s Scaling Up Climate...

Climate Change Performance Index

The Climate Change Performance Index is an instrument to enhance transparency in international climate politics. It aims to encourage...

Pathways and entry points to 1.5 °C (PEP1p5)

This project, jointly implemented between 2017 and 2019 by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Mercator...

Net Zero Stocktake 2022
Publication date 13 Jun 2022

Assessing the status and trends of net zero target setting across countries, sub-national governments and companies. Net zero is the...

Introducing performance distributions to visualise collective progress towards mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement
Publication date 09 Jun 2022

The first Global Stocktake (GST), taking place in 2021-2023, must provide clear and actionable information to support Parties to the...

Unpacking the COVID-19 rescue and recovery spending: an assessment of implications on greenhouse gas emissions towards 2030 for key emitters
Publication date 11 Mar 2022

In this Climate Action publication, we find that only parts of the fiscal stimulus spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by 26...

Non-state and subnational climate action in Latin America and the Caribbean
Publication date 24 Feb 2022

This working paper provides an overview of climate commitments and actions from non-state (businesses and civil society) and...

Non-state and subnational climate action in China and India
Publication date 17 Dec 2021

The two reports present a brief overview of emerging climate action by cities, regions, and companies in the two largest greenhouse gas...

The Climate Change Performance Index 2022
Publication date 09 Nov 2021

Developed by Germanwatch, NewClimate Institute and CAN, the CCPI analyses and compares climate change mitigation efforts across 60...

A seismograph for measuring the transformation to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions – Discussion Paper
Publication date 03 Nov 2021

A “transformation seismograph” can give an early warning signal with small perturbations at the beginning, later some elements of the...

NDC Update Report 2021 – Time to pull the brake
Publication date 03 Nov 2021

In this edition of our annual NDC Survey we once again find optimism and confidence about progress made on Nationally Determined...

Twenty years of climate policy: G20 coverage and gaps
Publication date 02 Nov 2021

In this Climate Policy publication, we show that the number and coverage of climate change mitigation policies have increased in the...

Policy impact assessment tool (EV)
Publication date 08 Feb 2022

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
Publication date 10 Feb 2021

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)
Publication date 30 Nov 2018

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

Climate Action Tracker news: Country updates briefing published plus comprehensive homepage relaunch
Publication date 03 May 2018

The Climate Action Tracker has released an update on 23 of the 32 countries whose development on climate action tracked is released...

Ten key sectoral benchmarks in ten years toward the 1.5°C warming limit – Climate Action Tracker analysis published in Climate Policy
Publication date 06 Dec 2017

Analysis by the Climate Action Tracker was published in Climate Policy, an international peer-reviewed journal, today. The paper...

Improvement in warming outlook as India and China move ahead, but Paris Agreement gap still looms large
Publication date 15 Nov 2017

While US climate policy has been rolled back under President Trump, India and China have moved ahead, making significant progress in...

Decarbonising the global steel and cement sectors requires more than zero carbon fuels—now
Publication date 27 Oct 2017

As part of our ongoing investigations into the decarbonisation of various sectors, our latest study looks at the emissions from the...

Climate Action Tracker launches new rating system
Publication date 19 Sep 2017

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has updated its government climate action rating system to better reflect the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C...

Increased reliance on natural gas risks an emissions lock-in – Climate Action Tracker
Publication date 22 Jun 2017

The future of natural gas is limited, even as a bridging fuel. Continued investments into the sector create the risk of breaching the...

China, India slow global emissions growth, Trump’s polices will flatten US emissions
Publication date 15 May 2017

Press Release Global leadership on climate is changing, with positive developments on coal use in China and India likely to reduce...

Climate Action Tracker: It only takes a few countries to kick-start energy system decarbonisation
Publication date 20 Apr 2017

2 Page Summary Infographic Policy Summary Technical Report Triggering a global transformation of our energy systems as required by the...

Trumps Klimapolitik würde Länderbewertung für USA von „mittelmäßig“ auf „ungenügend“ herabsetzen
Publication date 31 Mar 2017

Die neue Verfügung von US Präsident Trump zur „nationalen Energieunabhängigkeit“ wird dazu führen, dass die USA ihre Zusage für das...

CAT press conference at Bonn Sessions (SB 56)
Venue SB 56, Bonn
Date 08 Jun 2022
Start time 10:00 am

Mia Moisio, Niklas Höhne, Claire Stockwell and Deborah Ramalope presented the latest Climate Action Tracker briefing which looked at...

How do we get there? Policy perspective – current and good practice policies, opportunities to scale up mitigation action
Venue Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB48)
Date 03 May 2018

Takeshi Kuramochi presented on "How do we get there? Policy perspective – current and good practice policies, opportunities to scale up...

Assessment of NDCs and implemented policies - COP23
Venue COP23
Date 08 Nov 2017

The Climate Action Tracker by NewClimate Institute, Climate Analytics and Ecofys presents the ongoing activities on NDC and current...

The Climate Action Tracker: Latest analysis for the global stocktake - COP 23
Venue COP23
Date 06 Nov 2017

Niklas Höhne and Bill Hare presented the latest analysis of the Climate Action Tracker concerning the global stocktake at COP 23 in...

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