Our topics

Sustainable development and just transition

Design and implementation of stakeholder-driven initiatives that contribute to the goal of global decarbonisation alongside sustainable development.

Climate and development


Sustainable development and climate change are interlinked. The achievement of development goals crucially depends on our ability to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C. At the same time,  placing just transition and sustainable development at the centre of mitigation strategies is critical to build the social and political support needed to raise climate ambition and ensure sustained efforts over time. Any emission reduction strategy hence needs to be part of a larger just transition plan focused on sustainable, inclusive and resilient economic development.

The development of coherent and effective climate and sustainable development strategies requires a deeper understanding on the interactions between these two agendas. Potential opportunities  and risks need to be mapped and identified. This will enable policymakers to devise and implement transition strategies that are socially just, alleviate potential trade-offs for affected parts of society and the economy and maximise synergies.

Our work around this topic includes:

  • Analysis of climate and sustainable development linkages and impacts
  • Development of tools and methods to quantify and assess sustainable development, trade and economic impacts of climate action
  • Analysis of just transition strategies and policies
Tracking the progress of subnational and non-state climate action

Page navigation About the project The consortium Relevant publications About the project Since 2018, the consortium comprised of...

Working together to achieve the Paris climate goals and sustainable development

In close cooperation with the German Development Institute (DIE), NewClimate developed a study on the relevance of developing countries...

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...

Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy (CASE) for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia (SEA) is the fastest developing region in the world with an energy demand projected to grow by 70% in the next 20 years...

Sino German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC)

The NDC support project is set under the umbrella of the IKI funded Sino-German Cooperation on Climate Change (SGCCC) and in the...

Deep Decarbonisation in Latin America

The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German government and implemented by SouthSouthNorth (lead)...

De-risking renewable energy investment in South Eastern Europe

The project, in collaboration with Agora Energiewende and local research partners, looked at the impact of de-risking measures on the...

Climate Opportunity

The research funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCOM), developed by NewClimate Institute, C40, and...

Overviews on sectoral implementation of nationally determined contributions

NewClimate Institute, supported by GIZ, developed a series of briefing papers giving an overview of status and prospects for NDC...

No more fuel to the fire
Publication date 11 Nov 2022

From energy crisis to transition in Southeast Asia The global energy crisis has exposed weaknesses in energy systems across Southeast...

Coal phase-out and just transitions
Publication date 10 Nov 2022

Countries that are now planning a just transition away from coal can learn from experiences of historic and ongoing coal transitions in...

Long-term scenarios of Thai energy transition and socioeconomic implications
Publication date 08 Nov 2022

In November 2021, Thai Prime Minister announced pledges to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by or...

Transforming the Ulaanbaatar Heating Sector – Technology options for decarbonisation
Publication date 11 Oct 2022

The current state of the Ulaanbaatar heating sector presents a unique opportunity to initiate a transition towards a decarbonised heat...

Evaluation of manure management alternatives in Georgia
Publication date 28 Sep 2022

This report starts by describing the current situation of the agriculture sector in Georgia, including how the sector is set up, main...

Landscape for mitigation action and finance in Georgia’s agriculture sector
Publication date 01 Apr 2022

Climate Smart Agriculture practices in the context of Georgia’s climate mitigation efforts This report provides an overview of the...

Landscape for mitigation and finance in Georgia’s urban mobility sector
Publication date 01 Apr 2022

This report provides an overview of the landscape for urban mobility mitigation measures for Georgia. It presents a comprehensive...

Sector-level policy gaps for climate change mitigation in Georgia
Publication date 01 Apr 2022

Summary of policy coverage and ambition raising potential This report assesses Georgia’s sectoral mitigation policy coverage by...

Initiating a fair and inclusive energy transition in Indonesia
Publication date 31 Mar 2022

An analysis of the case for phasing out coal-based power generation at Suralaya This paper sets out our analysis of the Indonesian...

Smoother transitions
Publication date 31 Mar 2022

How to use benefits analysis to make climate ambition and action fairer and more inclusive This paper presents a practical approach...

Publication date 28 Sep 2022

The AIRPOLIM-T uses an accessible methodology for quantifying the health impacts of air pollution from the transport sector that can be...

COMPASS toolbox
Publication date 18 Mar 2022

The Climate action Outcomes and Mitigation Policy Assessment “COMPASS” toolbox is a selection of climate scenario modelling tools...

CLIMTRADE - Impacts of climate regulation on trade
Publication date 05 Nov 2021

The CLIMTRADE tool allows users to analyse a range of economic impacts associated with carbon border adjustments. The Excel-based tool...

SCREEN - Screening for sustainable development and climate action in green recovery
Publication date 25 Aug 2021

The Sustainable development and climate action green recovery screening tool, or SCREEN, provides policymakers and analysts with a...

TRACE - Co-benefits in decarbonising transport
Publication date 27 Apr 2021

The Transport sector climate action co-benefits evaluation tool, or TRACE, is an Excel-based model to support quantitative evaluation...

Actor and Policy Mapping Tool
Publication date 25 Feb 2020

The Actor and Policy Mapping Tool is an open-source, Excel-based tool to map actors, policies, and policy planning processes in a...

AIRPOLIM-ES (Air Pollution Impact Model for Electricity Supply)
Publication date 30 Nov 2018

The AIRPOLIM-ES is an accessible, Excel-based tool that estimates the health impacts of air pollution from different sources of...

EIM-ES (Economic Impact Model for Electricity Supply)
Publication date 30 Nov 2018

The EIM-ES is a transparent, Excel-based tool that estimates the domestic employment impacts of investments in the electricity supply...

SCAN tool
Publication date 30 Nov 2018

The SDG Climate Action Nexus tool (SCAN-tool) is designed to provide high-level guidance on how climate actions can impact achievement...

What’s at stake for steak?
Publication date 11 Jul 2022

Analysing an EU carbon tariff on meat imports with CLIMTRADE The meat industry is a major, and growing, contributor to global...

The climate and health double dividend
Publication date 30 May 2022

GO TO THE AIRPOLIM TOOL Accelerating the global coal phase-out can prevent millions of premature deaths from poor air quality An early...

The important health benefits of preventing coal lock-in in Mongolia
Publication date 16 Mar 2020

Recent analysis by NewClimate Institute has estimated the direct impacts of growing coal capacity in Mongolia on human health...

Saving time and resources by aligning climate planning processes
Publication date 18 Jun 2019

This blogpost is based on a paper by NewClimate Institute. Navigating the various international climate change planning and reporting...

WORKSHOP: Integration of Renewables into the Argentinean electricity system
Publication date 05 Apr 2018

Under the Ambition to Action project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German government, NewClimate...

COP27: Green Transition – How international cooperation can contribute to the NDCs and long-term strategies: a case from Germany-China
Venue COP27, China Pavilion, hybrid
Date 10 Nov 2022
Start time 11:00 am

Co-hosted by National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) and German Environment Agency (UBA), this...

COP27: Financing the global just transition and the need for combining detailed and high-level approaches
Venue COP27, Hatshepsut (300)
Date 10 Nov 2022
Start time 11:30 am

Financing a just transition requires understanding of sector- and country specific circumstances, innovative solutions as well as buy...

Responses to the global energy crisis: CASE country Indonesia
Venue Online, ISEW 2022
Date 14 Oct 2022
Start time 05:30 am

The First Indonesia Sustainable Energy Week (ISEW) 2022 was a hybrid event to host the Indonesia Energy Transition Dialogue (IETD) and...

Event: Supporting the narrative of the energy transition in Southeast Asia
Venue SB 56, Bonn
Date 11 Jun 2022
Start time 04:45 pm

This event described the status of the energy transition in various Southeast Asian countries and illustrates, how research-based...

Online event: Haciendo Realidad las Estrategias de Desarrollo Bajo en Emisiones de GEI
Venue Online
Date 03 Dec 2020

Sofia Gonzales-Zuñiga, Pablo Lopez Legarreta (ambos NewClimate Institute), Paola Vasconi (GIZ), Daniela García Sánchez (GIZ Costa Rica)...

Online event: Making long-term low GHG emissions development strategies a reality
Venue Online
Date 26 Nov 2020

Thomas Day, Frederic Hans, Julie Emmrich (all NewClimate), Ilka Starrost (GIZ), Lisa Herrmann (GIZ) and Siddharth Pathak (2050 Pathways...

Event: Informing the revision of NDCs: what can long-term strategies bring to NDCs?
Venue COP25
Date 03 Dec 2019

Frauke Röser presented on "Informing the revision of NDCs: what can long-term strategies bring to NDCs?" at COP25 in December 2019.

Event: Anchoring the climate agenda in countries: Analysing impacts beyond climate change
Venue Bonn Climate Change Conference (SB48)
Date 09 May 2018

At the 2018 Bonn Climate Change Conference, NewClimate Institute, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and Climate Analytics...

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