The CAT publishes its new “Climate Target Update Tracker” at COP25

Press release

The Climate Action Tracker has today published its “Climate Target Update Tracker” that will track governments’ updated 2030 targets (NDCs) as part of their commitment under the Paris Agreement to update them by 2020.

The Tracker will analyse in detail both proposed and updated 2030 targets from the 36 countries covered by the CAT, and keep a list of updated NDCs for all other countries.

Updates so far

So far there is a limited list of updated NDCs. First out of the gate last year was one of the world’s smallest and most-threatened nations, the Republic of the Marshall Islands from the Pacific, which submitted its updated target to the UNFCCC in 2018. It is definitely a progression on its previous target.

In October, the Government of Chile published a detailed and updated NDC for public consultation, which the CAT has analysed for the tracker. The CAT’s analysis shows that its unconditional 2030 target has improved by one rating to “Insufficient” from “Highly Insufficient.”

“If Chile were to make its conditional target unconditional, depending on the assumptions, we could even rate it 2˚C or 1.5˚C compatible. Both of its targets are more ambitious, and a definite progression beyond what it submitted in 2016. This is very encouraging,” said Niklas Hohne of CAT partner organisation NewClimate institute.

Crisis, what climate crisis?

The CAT has also included in its tracker a list of those governments who have indicated they will not update their 2030 target. This is despite the fact that they agreed to do so in Paris in 2015. So far, this list includes the US, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

"We have included a list of those governments who have indicated they will not update their 2030 Paris reduction targets next year, because they are violating an agreement they made in 2015 to update those targets to 'reflect [their] highest possible ambition’ in 2020," said Bill Hare, CEO of CAT partner organisation Climate Analytics .

"They called for the IPCC to update them on the science, which it did in its 1.5°C Special Report and the science they've been given says it's nothing short of a climate emergency. There's been very few signals, especially from the major emitters of the G20, that their targets will be updated commensurate with this urgency. Japan and Australia have both signalled they have no intent to update their 2030 targets, yet in both countries emissions are rising.”

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