Wave of net zero targets give hope for Paris Agreement goals – two studies confirm in Nature Climate Change

by Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute, and Matthew Gidden, Climate Analytics The recent wave of national net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets gives hope that Paris Agreement goals can be reached. This was the subject of two different reports late last year, by the Climate Action Tracker and the UNEP Emissions read more...

South Africa's Presidential climate commission recommends stronger mitigation target range for updated NDC: close to 1.5°C compatible

The South African Presidential Climate Commission, a multi-stakeholder group established by President Ramaphosa to advise on the country’s NDC update, has recommended that South Africa put forward an even stronger target than currently contained in the government’s draft NDC. The lower end of the Commission’s proposed emission limit range is read more...

What makes a good national net zero target? Our ten-step evaluation methodology, explained

by Frederic Hans, Silke Mooldijk & Claire Fyson The last year has seen a wave of national net zero target announcements. This has triggered an important discussion among policy makers, civil society, and academics on the usefulness, scientific robustness, and real-world impact of these targets.[i]At their best, well-designed and ambitious read more...

Phasing out fossil fuel vehicle sales by 2030 will help to make US transport sector policy 1.5°C compatible

Recently-proposed US road transport decarbonisation policies are insufficient for reaching the 1.5°C Paris Agreement temperature goalA 2030 phase-out of fossil fuel light duty vehicle sales in the US would be 1.5°C compatible, and combined with targeted support for zero emission vehicle infrastructure development, is one of the most effective potential read more...

CAT comment on China's 14th Five Year Plan

There is no significant change in China’s narrative of dirty (coal) vs clean energy: the plan includes a high promotion of both.China has re-committed to peaking CO2 emissions before 2030 and states there will be a plan to implement it. But the question is whether its continued focus on boosting read more...

Briefing note: comparing CAT and UNEP Emissions Gap Report temperature estimates

The two temperature estimates of the CAT and the UNEP Emissions Gap report, resulting from the new net zero targets, are aligned when considering the methodological differences. They only seem different at first sight. What the studies do:The Climate Action Tracker provides a temperature estimate based on bottom-up, detailed and read more...

Japan's net-zero by 2050 announcement a step forward, but 2030 target revision now crucial

On 26 October, Prime Minister (PM) Yoshihide Suga declared that Japan will aim for net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.[1]PM Suga laid out specific plans to:fundamentally revise Japan’s policy on coal-fired power plants,promote R&D on second-generation solar photovoltaic technology and carbon recycling technologies (including negative emission technologies such read more...

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