Policy brief: Analysis of domestic climate policies

Greenhouse gas emission reduction proposals and national climate policies of major economies

Published: 27/11/2012

Since the climate negotiations in Copenhagen (2009), many countries have submitted quantitative economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, proposals, and actions for 2020. This policy brief by PBL, Ecofys and IIASA shows for the first time how much the most effective domestic climate policies in major emitting countries would contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contribute to meeting these pledges. The emission reductions resulting from most important domestic policies were quantified and compared with the countries’ reduction proposals.

Our assessment shows that the pledges have induced efforts in all countries to plan and implement national policies. The policies are likely to deliver emission reductions. We estimated some of these policies would deliver more emission reductions than expected from the country's international mitigation commitments. In other countries, further policies have to be implemented to demonstrate pledges will be met in 2020.