emissions reduction targets

India Commits to Accelerate Clean Energy and Climate Action, Clearing Path to Paris Climate Talks

October 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Climate Talks

Signaling a commitment to fight climate change, India submitted its targets as a part of the Paris climate agreement. India committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35% from 2005-levels by 2030, a long-term commitment to curb its GHG emissions under the UNFCCC.[read more]

The What and Why of Carbon Budgets

May 11, 2015 by Zane Selvans

Carbon Budgeting

If you’ve been paying much attention to the climate policy discussion over the last few years, you’ve probably heard mention of carbon budgets. For any given temp target there’s a total cumulative amount of greenhouse gasses that can be released, while still having a decent chance of meeting the target.[read more]

EU Climate Policy 'In Line' with 2050 Goal, but What Does that Mean?

April 3, 2014 by Oliver Geden

EU declarations on climate policy are usually carefully crafted to suggest political consensus. Thus, it came as a surprise that the European Council has been able to conclude in March that a final decision on the EU's energy and climate policy framework 2030 should be taken in October 2014.[read more]

For the EU, the Type of Target Really Matters

January 21, 2014 by David Hone

EU Emissions Targets

As the EU Commission gears up to release its 2030 Energy and Climate White Paper in Davos week, there is considerable discussion regarding the emissions reduction target that will be recommended. Historically the EU has been keen on multiple targets, but in recent years this has backfired.[read more]

How Fast Can a Nation Decarbonize? Updated Progress Reports for the UK, Japan and Australia

December 17, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.


While I was working on The Climate Fix I published several peer reviewed articles on climate policies of the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In recent months I have updated these analyses and summarize the updates here.[read more]

22 Years Till We Blow the 2°C Carbon Budget

October 7, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

Carbon Budget

If global carbon emissions continue to grow as they have in the last decade we will burn through the 2°C carbon budget by 2035. That is the grim reality of extending historical emissions growth into the IPCC’s cumulative carbon budgets.[read more]

“Perfect storm" has arrived for efforts to reduce carbon emissions

March 15, 2012 by David Thorpe

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the UK and across Europe are facing a combination of factors strongly hindering investment in low carbon power generation and energy efficiency and promoting the burning of coal.Now who do you believe? Today, one British tabloid newspaper is reporting that the construction of gas power plants is “...[read more]

80% of the World’s Emissions are Taking Steps to Curb Their Global Warming Pollution

February 16, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

As I mentioned here by the end of January countries were to register their actions to reduce global warming pollution as agreed under the Copenhagen Accord.  And by deadline countries accounting for over 80% of the world’s global warming pollution (and a bit more) have registered their actions to reduce their pollution.  So...[read more]

Following the money

February 10, 2010 by David Hone

Not surprisingly, money is at the heart of the political debate now underway on climate policy, or at least its distribution within the economy. Whilst cap-and-trade is being portrayed as a taxation policy by some, other policy proposals are being presented as being without cost to families and households – both of course aim to reduce...[read more]

A CLEAR Look at the Cantwell-Collins Climate Bill, Part 2: Structural Advantages

January 14, 2010 by Jesse Jenkins

Originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute In Part 1 of our analysis of the new Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act, we demonstrated how the bill fails to make the investments needed to jumpstart a competitive American clean energy economy and fund the technology innovation and deployment needed to affordably secure deep cuts in U.S. carbon...[read more]

Copenhagen post script, part 2

December 20, 2009 by Lou Grinzo

While I continue to add post-Copenhagen article references to my post from just after the conference (see Post game), I will also highlight the most interesting items, like those below… China stands accused of wrecking global deal: China “systematically wrecked” the Copenhagen climate summit because it feared being presented with a...[read more]

NWF’s Jeremy Symons on the Copenhagen Accord

December 19, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Dec. 19-I am encouraged by five things from the Accord agreed to here in Copenhagen: The China breakthrough, President Obama’s leadership, new initiatives to protect tropical forests and provide humanitarian aid, and a way forward to a better, more complete deal in 2010. The discouraging part is that the Accord is incomplete and did not...[read more]

Copenhagen: a climate commitment roundup

December 16, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Guest Blogger Rebecca Lefton is a Researcher for Progressive Media. The international climate talks have generated major developments among major economies to combat global warming and help aid the most vulnerable countries against the impacts of climate change.  Despite the organizational problems that have hampered progress and...[read more]

India aims for 20 gigawatts solar by 2022 — but is it set to announce emissions targets?

November 29, 2009 by Joseph Romm

We’ve seen that the “New U.S.-India Green Partnership improves prospects for global climate deal.”  But Treehugger has more on the world’s most populous democracy (and the photo is B Balaji via flickr). First,”It’s Finally Official – India’s National Solar Mission Aims for 20 Gigawatts Solar Power by 2022“: Rumors and draft...[read more]