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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Assessing the INDCs

August 24, 2015 by David Hone

Countries and their Contributions

It is now just 100 days until COP21 in Paris. The summer months have seen many INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC prior to the assessment deadline of October 1st. This is the date when the UNFCCC secretariat will start work on a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the INDCs.[read more]

The Cost of Contributions

August 4, 2015 by David Hone

The process of national governments submitting Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC is well underway, with a number of developing and least developed economies also submitting plans. Most recent amongst these is a detailed and ambitious plan from the government of Kenya.[read more]

Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

April 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.[read more]

Baselines, Metrics and Business as Usual

April 14, 2015 by David Hone

The submission of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC started in earnest to meet the March 31st agreed date, although many more are still to come. Mexico was the only non-Annex I country (under the Convention) to submit by this date.[read more]

How Should National Contributions be Measured?

April 7, 2015 by David Hone

Emissions and Contributions

The last days of March saw the start of submissions of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC. The United States, Switzerland, European Union, Mexico and Russia have all met the requested deadline of the end of Q1 2015.[read more]

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

March 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

COP 21 Agreement Text

Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty.[read more]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

November 24, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Green Climate Fund Reaching Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011.[read more]

Carbon Regulation Becomes the Norm

October 2, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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Carbon Regulation Normalcy

With measures in place across the EU, the USA, and China, carbon caps and pricing will have become the norm rather than the exception. This is likely to put pressure on other jurisdictions without such measures to act. This trend is likely to be reinforced by agreement at the UNFCCC conference in Paris.[read more]

Is the UNFCCC ADP on Track?

March 17, 2014 by David Hone
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Last week in Bonn, parties to the UNFCCC met under the direction of the Fourth Part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. In short, this is the process that is trying to deliver a global deal on climate change.[read more]

To Be, or Not to Be: Carbon Markets Post 2020?

February 24, 2014 by David Hone

The US Submission on Elements of the 2015 Agreement has recently appeared on the UNFCCC website and outlines, in some detail, the approach the US is now seeking with regards “contributions”. Adaptation and Finance are also covered, although not to the depth of the section on Mitigation.[read more]

Climate Change Negotiations in Bonn and the Road to Paris and COP 21

May 10, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Bonn climate conference

The latest round of climate negotiations wound down with most delegates expressing guarded optimism that progress has been made toward laying the groundwork for an international agreement to be signed in 2015.[read more]

Climate Change and 5 Reasons We Need a New Global Agreement by 2015

May 2, 2013 by Jake Schmidt
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UNFCCC meeting in Bonn

As countries meet in Germany this week for the next round of climate negotiations it is important to remember that securing a new international legal agreement in 2015 is critical for five reasons.[read more]

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Why a post-Durban international climate arrangement needs developing countries

July 25, 2012 by Robert Stowe
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For an international climate agreement to be truly effective, it would need to strike an appropriate balance among three parameters: environmental effectiveness (or the ambition of its environmental objectives), participation of major-emitting countries, and the degree of expected compliance on the part of countries that do participate.[read more]

Developing Countries’ Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Double $100 Billion per Year by 2050

May 30, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Global climate is on track for changes including a greater than 2°C rise in average temperature, and that’s going to result in adaptation costs for developing countries well above the World Bank’s 2°C estimate of $70 billion by 2020 and as much as $100 billion per year by 2050.[read more]