Climate Commitments Update:

Tracking the short and long-term climate goals of leading greenhouse emissions countries

Climate Scorecard is tracking the ability of leading greenhouse gas emitting countries to commit to and develop plans for achieving short-term (by 2030) and long-term (by 2050) emission reduction targets. The summary graph and detailed country profiles below will be updated on a regular basis. We also will publish a monthly update of our Country Climate Commitments and make it available to those on the Climate Scorecard mailing list, which you can join here.

Countries & Regions Represented in Each Bar
  1. Australia, Brazil, E.U., France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
  2. E.U., United Kingdom
  3. E.U., United Kingdom
  4. Canada, E.U., France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
  5. Germany, Spain, United Kingdom

June 2021 Update

As vaccination rollouts continue world-wide, many countries have been able to begin shifting their focus from the Covid-19 pandemic to the climate change crisis.

At the G-7 Leader’s Summit, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States met from June 11th-13th to discuss global issues, including the most pressing issue of climate change. All of these countries committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 (which France, Italy, and Germany had already committed to through the EU), halving their collective emissions by 2030, and increasing conservation of lands and oceans to at least 30% by 2030. While these commitments are steps in the right direction in achieving the Paris Agreement, they were not followed by specific steps or plans. With only eight and a half years until the Paris Agreement’s 2030 deadline, these countries have no time to waste in creating and implementing mitigation strategies.

Many countries continued to update their Nationally Determined Contributions this month. Sudan submitted an updated interim NDC that paves the way for their final NDC (which they promised to deliver soon). The submission includes an outline of Sudan’s largest contributions to climate change and individual reduction targets for each of these sectors by 2030. Despite being a much more comprehensive plan, it does not include an updated overall emissions reduction goal for the country. On the other hand, Montenegro submitted an updated NDC that specifically commits to a 35% reduction in overall emissions by 2030 using 1990 as the base year. Although this is only an additional 5% reduction goal from their first NDC, the new document provides a more detailed outline of their plans and the current state of emissions, outlined by sector, within the country. Given that both of these countries are still developing and have unpredictable economic conditions, their increased support of the Paris Agreement is impressive. This year has truly displayed how global the climate movement has become.

On a slightly different note, Bhutan has submitted a second NDC which reaffirms its commitment to remain carbon neutral. In fact, the second NDC serves more as a reminder to more developed countries that Bhutan is in need of economic and technological support to continue contributing to the Paris Agreement. Morocco also far exceeded expectations by increasing their emissions reductions pledge to 45.5% below business-as-usual conditions by 2030. In their new NDC, 27.2% of the emissions goal is dependent on global aid. Again, Morocco’s NDC serves as a reminder to the developed world of the need for cooperation and assistance in transitioning to a sustainable global economy. While this task seems daunting, it is also increasingly urgent.

Detailed information by country can be found on our scorecard page here.


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