Global climate action - August update Research Brief

Aug 04, 2015 - 11:46am

In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks in November, countries continue to advance their domestic climate and clean energy efforts and developing their post-2020 emission reduction targets. Click below to download the full text of The Climate Institute's August update on the most recent developments on new targets and other policies. 

Global climate action continued in July with five more countries announcing their indicative emissions reductions targets for the post-2020 period, including New Zealand and Japan.

Some countries took steps to improve domestic carbon pricing legislation, including Switzerland which announced a planned 40 per cent increase in its carbon tax and France which announced that it would increase its carbon tax to AU$150 per tonne by 2030. Pakistan also announced it will implement a carbon market in 2016.

There were also some highlights for renewable energy this month, with Germany announcing plans to close five of its most polluting brown coal power plants, and China starting construction on its biggest solar power plant to date. The solar plant will span over 6,300 acres in the Gobi desert and provide electricity for 1 million homes.

This month we also outline how countries are justifying their targets against the global goal of limiting global warming to less than 2°C.

Through to the Paris climate talks at the end of 2015, The Climate Institute will also regularly update our Global Climate Action Map, an interactive tool that allows users to compare policies across countries.

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