Paris Tango. Climate action so far in 2018

Individual countries step forward, others backward, risking stranded coal assets

Published: 03/05/2018

In time for the Bonn Climate Conference (SB48), the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has updated 23 of its 32 country assessments. 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 willing or able to give up coal (yet): Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and Turkey, for example, are still proceeding with coal plant construction plans that will continue to drive up emissions and risk significant stranded assets.

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