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Climate action so far in 2018: some countries step up, others back, risking stranded coal assets

Published: 03/05/2018

Today at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) presented its latest edition of country assessments. The project consisting of Climate Analytics, Ecofys, a Navigant company, and NewClimate Institute updated 23 of the 32 countries whose development on climate action it tracks.

While some progress has been made since November 2017, most governments’ policies are still not on track towards meeting their Paris Agreement commitments, many of which are in themselves far from sufficient to keep warming to the agreed 1.5˚C warming limit. Our assessments point to an urgent need for governments to scale up both their policies and targets to bring them more in line with a pathway to limiting warming to 1.5˚C.  

Renewable energy from wind and solar is still developing so fast that the CAT had to revise its projections for emissions in 2030 downwards for the USA (despite the Administration’s efforts in the opposite direction) and for Chile (where record low costs for RE paved the way to the adoption of a plan to phase out coal). Argentina presented new energy scenarios that, if implemented, would result in significantly lower emissions. In contrast, there is still a disappointing theme of some governments not yet willing - or unable - to give up coal. Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and Turkey, for example, are still proceeding with coal plant construction.  

Find more information in the press release.
The individual country assessments are available at: climateactiontracker.org