Implementing the Paris Agreement

panorama of ParisAt COP 21 in Paris on 12 December 2015 countries agreed to a new global deal to tackle climate change. In the lead up to the Paris summit the Institute carried out research on topics central to the eventual deal, including mechanisms for mobilising climate finance, embedding international climate legislation into national action and equity and differentiation between developed and developing countries.

 


Publications and commentaries:

Assessing the consistency of national mitigation actions in the G20 with the Paris Agreement

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Sini Matikainen  17 November, 2016

This study uses the ‘Paris consistency monitor’ to assess whether the past and present action by G20 countries on climate mitigation is consistent with meeting the key requirements of the Paris Agreement. read more »


Climate policy in China, the European Union and the United States: main drivers and prospects for the future

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi, Keith J. Benes, Fergus Green, Augustin Lagarde, Isabella Neuweg, Georg Zachmann  17 November, 2016

This report assesses the domestic constraints and opportunities for the development of climate policy in China, the EU and the US. read more »


Robert Falkner

The Paris Agreement and the new logic of international climate politics

a research article by Robert Falkner  31 August, 2016

This article reviews and assesses the outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Paris in … read more »


Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of pledges for the Paris Agreement

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi  1 February, 2016

This report provides the results of an analysis of “intended nationally determined contributions”, or INDCs, that were submitted by countries ahead of the Paris Agreement on climate change. read more »


Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi  8 December, 2015

This paper analyses the credibility of national climate pledges (INDCs). It starts by fleshing out the key determinants of credibility in relation to action on climate change. It then outlines a framework to assess the credibility of a country’s INDC pledges based on these determinants. This framework is used to provide an initial assessment of the credibility of INDCs provided by G20 countries. read more »


The Road to Paris: Look beneath the surface for the new climate politics

The Road to Paris: Look beneath the surface for the new climate politics

a commentary by Robert Falkner  30 November, 2015

Associate, Robert Falkner writes that, beneath the surface of diplomatic wrangling at the Paris climate summit, new drivers of global climate policy are making themselves heard. read more »


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Strengthening non-state climate action: a progress assessment of commitments launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit

a working paper by Sander Chan, Robert Falkner, Harro van Asselt, Matthew Goldberg  23 November, 2015

This report provides the first progress assessment of climate actions launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit in New York. read more »


Intended nationally determined contributions: what are the implications for greenhouse gas emissions in 2030?

a policy paper by Rodney Boyd, Joe Cranston Turner, Bob Ward  30 October, 2015

This analysis considers whether the INDCs that were submitted by 23 October 2015 are consistent with a reasonable chance of not exceeding the 2°C warming limit. read more »


The road to Paris and beyond

The road to Paris and beyond

a policy paper by Rodney Boyd, Fergus Green, Nicholas Stern  31 August, 2015

This paper shows that effective international cooperation can help the world develop along a 2°C pathway and adapt to the climatic changes already locked-in as a result of past and ongoing greenhouse gas emissions. read more »


Climate negotiations, sustainable development and growth – speech

Climate negotiations, sustainable development and growth – speech

a policy presentation by Nicholas Stern  26 August, 2015

Speech by Nicholas Stern at an event organised by the French government in Paris ahead of the climate change summit. read more »


Tracking intended nationally determined contributions: what are the implications for greenhouse gas emissions in 2030?

a policy paper by Rodney Boyd, Joe Cranston Turner, Bob Ward  19 August, 2015

This paper looks at whether the intended national determined contributions (INDCs) that were submitted by 20 July 2015 are consistent with the 2°C limit. read more »


Nationally Self-Interested Climate Change Mitigation:  A Unified Conceptual Framework

Nationally Self-Interested Climate Change Mitigation: A Unified Conceptual Framework

a working paper by Fergus Green  13 July, 2015

This paper finds that the vast majority of emissions cuts needed to decarbonise the global economy this century can lead to domestic economic benefits that outweigh the costs for individual countries, even before the avoided risks of dangerous climate change are taken into account. read more »


A minilateral solution for global climate change? On bargaining efficiency, club benefits and international legitimacy

A minilateral solution for global climate change? On bargaining efficiency, club benefits and international legitimacy

a working paper by Robert Falkner  2 July, 2015

This paper by Rober Falkner explores the the potential role that climate clubs might play in promoting global climate action. read more »


What will global annual emissions of greenhouse gases be in 2030, and will they be consistent with avoiding global warming of more than 2°C?

a policy paper by Rodney Boyd, Nicholas Stern, Bob Ward  4 May, 2015

Countries agreed at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to set out their “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) … read more »


Understanding climate finance for the Paris summit in December 2015 in the context of financing for sustainable development for the Addis Ababa conference in July 2015

Understanding climate finance for the Paris summit in December 2015 in the context of financing for sustainable development for the Addis Ababa conference in July 2015

a policy paper by Nicholas Stern  23 March, 2015

Paper asserts that overseas aid to support developing countries should be interwoven with efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It claims that efforts to separate the two could be deeply damaging. read more »


The management of multilateral negotiations: lessons from UN climate negotiations

a policy paper by Kai Monheim  25 February, 2015

The 2009 Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen, which aimed to deliver a first-ever comprehensive global climate deal, ended without agreement in part because of poor management … read more »


Post-2020 climate agreements in the major economies assessed in the light of global models

Post-2020 climate agreements in the major economies assessed in the light of global models

a research article by Alex Bowen, Emanuele Campiglio  16 December, 2014

Integrated assessment models can help in quantifying the implications of international climate agreements and regional climate action. This paper reviews scenario results from model intercomparison projects to explore different possible … read more »


Taming the beasts of ‘burden-sharing’: an analysis of equitable mitigation actions and approaches to 2030 mitigation pledges

a policy paper by Alina Averchenkova, Nicholas Stern, Dimitri Zenghelis  11 December, 2014

Countries are now seeking to reach a new international agreement on climate change, to be signed in Paris in December 2015. A key element of the international negotiations … read more »


Growth, climate and collaboration: towards agreement in Paris 2015

a policy paper by Nicholas Stern  8 December, 2014

Paper explores 4 key elements on which an agreeement at the COP21 – Paris 2015 Climate Change talks could be based read more »


“This time is different”: The prospects for an effective climate agreement in Paris 2015

a policy paper by Fergus Green  30 October, 2014

COP21, to be held in Paris at the end of 2015, presents an important opportunity for governments to negotiate a new international climate agreement. A question of central importance to preparations for COP21 is: what sort of policy architecture is most likely to generate sufficiently ambitious action to reduce global emissions? read more »