Oeko-Institut presents study on pre-2020 climate policy ambition at UN Climate Conference

06.06.2014

At the UN Climate Conference currently taking place in Bonn, Oeko-Institut is presenting – together with Ecofys – a new study on instruments for increasing climate policy ambition before 2020. The study shows that while climate policy ambition has increased on a national level in recent years, the negotiations for an international climate agreement have stagnated. To meet the 2°C target, global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be significantly increased. For this, industrialised countries would have to raise their reduction targets for 2020; developing countries need to introduce additional or new emission reduction commitments for 2020; and far-reaching climate protection measures need to be implemented before 2020.

Best practice examples

Policy makers currently face the challenge of keeping track of policy developments in other countries and regions. By sharing positive experiences – best practice policies – in key policy areas (e.g. energy efficiency, renewable energies, mobility) and example countries, the report aims to provide policy makers with new ideas on how to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Oeko-Institut’s study identifies the policy areas and countries/regions which currently have a high level of development and the potential to further reduce emissions. Based on this, suggestions are provided for which policy areas and countries/regions could serve as best practice examples and an incentive for policy makers to increase climate protection efforts prior to 2020. The selected policy areas and countries/regions are analysed to determine which policy measures have resulted in or could result in relevant emission reductions (best practice policies). The study attempts to scale up the effects of best practice policies to a global level in order to determine the emission reductions before 2020 that may be possible if all countries implemented similar policies.

Contribution for a new international climate agreement

The study – entitled “Instruments to increase climate policy ambition before 2020 – economic and political implications in selected industry and emerging countries” – aims to contribute to negotiations for a new international climate agreement that is to be adopted at the UN Climate Conference in Paris in 2015 and implemented in 2020. It was conducted in cooperation with Ecofys and Fraunhofer ISI within the scope of a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and will be presented at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn as part of the side event "Raising ambition for 2°C – pledges, national contributions, policies and initiatives to meet them" on Saturday 7th June 2014.

Contact at Oeko-Institut:

Dr. Katja Schumacher
Energy & Climate Division
Oeko-Institut, Berlin office
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Sean Healy
Energy & Climate Division
Oeko-Institut, Berlin office
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