Climate Advisers has been providing forward-looking policy analysis and political strategy in the lead up to this year’s United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris. Here we recap the key reports from Climate Advisers’ staff on the road through Paris and beyond.
Climate Diplomacy After Paris: Opportunities for U.S. Leadership
What will climate diplomacy look like after Paris? And what can the United States do in Paris, if anything, to make sure the years that follow trigger as much climate progress as the past few years? This essay explores these questions: first looking at what Paris will achieve and the global emissions gap, then identifying opportunities to spur climate action and potentially narrow the gap through international partnerships between developed and developing nations, and finally exploring opportunities for the United States in December to help define the post-Paris international climate agenda around these partnerships, with specific recommendations for the Obama administration.
From Investment to Impact: Quantifying the Emissions Reduction Benefits of U.S. International Climate Programs
In this analysis, Climate Advisers undertook an exercise to estimate the annual emissions reductions from programs funded through U.S. international climate and development finance. This paper focuses specifically on measuring the impact of mitigation-related activities.
The Billion-Ton Solution: Europe’s Chance to Lead on Climate Action through International Mitigation Partnerships
In this analysis, Andreas Dahl-Jørgensen argues that the most promising and politically realistic way to further increase climate ambition in 2015 is for Europe and other advanced economies to make additional pledges for mitigation that they intend to secure outside their borders. Doing so would reduce more emissions at a lower cost, unlock large emission cuts in developing countries that would otherwise not occur, help ensure a global climate agreement, facilitate the linking of regional systems and carbon markets, and deliver significant development benefits.
Gap Analysis with Paris Pledges
December 2014 – UPDATED: May 2015
Michael Wolosin and Maria Belenky created this white paper discussion draft looking at the domestic pledges nations are expected to put forward over the next few months during the run-up to the Paris climate talks in December 2015. They explored how far these pledges could go to meeting the global goal of limiting climate change to two degrees Celsius. Climate Advisers found that just domestic pledges could account for up to half of the emissions reduction the world needs through 2030, and essentially keep global emissions flat through the 2020s. That is entirely without taking into account what more could be achieved through international finance or mitigation partnerships.