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

August 2021 Update

As the hurricane season rages on, the devastation from this past month reminds us just how dangerous climate change continues to become. Warmer oceans contribute to more intense hurricanes, meaning coastal residents across the globe face higher chances of property destruction and threats to their lives. This month, the Southern U.S. coast was ravaged yet again, this time by Hurricane Ida. Hopefully this tragedy can serve as a reminder to politicians everywhere of the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis.

In August, Influence Map, a global non-profit with a corporate climate lobbying platform, released a study of 723 equity funds containing US$330 billion in total net assets. The study was focused on analyzing the validity behind these funds’ claims of all being sustainable and environmentally friendly. The results of the study found that 71% of these funds actually have a negative Portfolio Paris Alignment score, which, according to their definition, shows that the companies within these portfolios do not have emissions and sustainability goals that are actually aligned with achieving the Paris Agreement goals. This study reminds us how far the corporate sector has to come in order to meet Paris Agreement goals. It also reinforces the importance of creating concrete standards for sustainability in order to avoid companies using empty claims as a trendy marketing technique.

On the other hand, a few countries updated their NDC’s just after the July 30th deadline. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s essentially maintained their previous NDC of a 17% reduction compared to business-as-usual emissions, but they committed to this by 2025 and committed to an additional 4.46% reduction by 2030. They also added two conditional scenarios of 39.88% below BAU by 2025 and 32.19% below BAU by 2030.

Myanmar also updated their NDC. After noting how little they already emit, they committed to a reduction of 244.52 million tons of CO2e unconditionally and an additional reduction of 414.75 million tons of CO2e conditional on international support through finance and technology. This is their first numerical commitment as their first NDC was more of a plan to continue sustainable development. Similarly, Qatar’s first NDC was a plan to increase sustainable development but did not outline specific emissions goals. However, their updated NDC commits to 25% emissions reductions below a BAU baseline by 2030.

Liberia revised its first NDC to 10% emissions reductions below a BAU scenario and a 54% reduction compared to BAU conditional on international support. While their unconditional scenario remains the same as their initial NDC, the new, large conditional goal shows their commitment to international cooperation and tackling climate change.

Bangladesh updated their unconditional NDC from 5% to 6.73% below a BAU scenario by 2030 and their conditional goal from 15% to 15.12% below a BAU scenario by 2030. While these do not seem like extensive updates, they are notable considering Bangladesh’s overall contribution to global emissions is less than 1%.


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

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