emissions targets

What to Make of Recent Emission Trends?

May 5, 2015 by David Hone

Emissions Trends

Recent news from the International Energy Agency has shown that the rise in global CO2 emissions from the energy system stalled in 2014. This was unusual on two counts – first that it happened at all and second that it happened in a year not linked with recession or low economic growth.[read more]


Taking Stock of the EU's Proposed 2030 Climate Target

January 29, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Climate Targets

The 40% GHG target for 2030 featured in the EU Commission's white paper leads to an increase in the annual EU emission reductions, putting the EU on a linear track to an 80% emission reduction by 2050. However, it falls short of a "fair" contribution to the global 2°C target.[read more]

Europe's New Emissions Goals

January 23, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

European Emissions Goals

The European Commission has recently recommended a set of new goals for its climate and energy policies. The actual centerpiece of this proposed policy is a forty percent reduction target for all of the member nations from 1990 levels.[read more]


Commission Proposes a Market Stability Reserve for Europe's Carbon Market

January 23, 2014 by Emil Dimantchev

EU Commission Propositions

The European Commission has proposed to implement a market stability reserve in the European Carbon Market, triggering a much needed debate in Europe about the stability of the bloc’s carbon market. A stability reserve will enhance the predictability and credibility of EU's emissions trading system.[read more]

Japan's New Emissions Targets

November 21, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Japan and Changing Targets

The Japanese government announced that it would adopt a new emissions reductions target. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is sure that Japan can substantially contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change and that the government will steadily implement necessary measures.[read more]

When a Country Weakens its Climate Target, Does it Make a Sound?: The Japanese Precedent

November 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Japan has formally signaled that it will renege on its climate commitment to reduce emissions. Instead of significantly reducing emissions they are now saying that they will have their emissions increase. This is a disappointment that is drawing scorn from a variety of quarters.[read more]

Record Greenhouse Gases: Is 2 Degrees Still Possible?

November 15, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Greenhouse Gases and Target Temps

The latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin released last week by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed that global atmospheric greenhouse gases hit a new record high, rising 2.2 parts-per-million (ppm) from 2011 levels to an average 393.1 ppm in 2012.[read more]


Can Canada Achieve Emission Reduction Targets By Incentivizing Electric Car Adoption?

November 15, 2013 by Anand Srinivasan

EV Incentives and Canada

Canada is among the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. The country is also seeing terrific growth in the sale of fuel driven cars. Can the country meet its Copenhagen Accord target to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020?[read more]

CO2 Emissions Budget Framing Is A Recipe For Delaying Concrete Action

October 4, 2013 by Joseph Romm

CO2 Budget

The Washington establishment and the media have been mesmerized into inaction by a short-term budget crisis — funding the continued operation of the government. But it is the continued operation of a livable climate that should have their full attention.[read more]

Ministers Against Decarbonization Target Connected to Fossil Fuels

June 11, 2013 by David Thorpe

38 of the ministers who voted against the amendment to set a decarbonisation target for 2030 last week in the House of Commons have received support from, or are in some way connected to, the fossil fuel industry.[read more]

Will UK Will Exceed Its Carbon Reduction Targets? Part 1

December 8, 2011 by David Thorpe

This is the first of two posts about the UK's climate emissions and its plans to reduce them. This first one represents the Government's current view: David Cameron and Nick Clegg last week launched a Carbon Plan setting out the Coalition Government's policies to meet its long term commitments to cut carbon emissions. These must, by...[read more]

China's Carbon Intensity Makes Long Term Climate Targets Nearly Impossible

October 9, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

From Reuters and other sources comes the simply underwhelming news that China climate goals run against growth: report: China, the world’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, will meet near-term goals to fight climate change but quick economic growth will mean C02 emissions will be higher than previously thought, researchers said on Tuesday...[read more]

Looking out from COP-15: what is best for Canada?

January 5, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

Canadians learned a lot from the Conference of the Parties held in Copenhagen in December. For most people, it is clear that deep discord remains regarding the respective responsibilities of various nations, the question of whether a climate “debt” is owed to developing nations, and by what means we ensure that countries live up to their...[read more]

Reforming the Three Stooges

November 27, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

China Announces Emissions Reduction Targets (But They’re Not Really Reductions) : TreeHugger: Well, everyone has their cards on the table now. Following the US’s announcement yesterday that it will bring an emissions reductions target “in the range” of 17 percent of 2005 levels to Copenhagen, China has announced its own commitment: a 40...[read more]

Narnia plans to reduce emissions by 30% by the year 2020

November 20, 2009 by Simon Donner

As we head towards Copenhagen, there will be endless comparison of proposed emission targets.  For example, from the NY Times: This week, South Korea said it would cut emissions by 30 percent from “business as usual” by 2020. Russia’s president said his country would try to reduce emissions by 25 percent by then, instead of 15...[read more]