Sustainable mobility: how to foster electric cars sales and reduce CO2 emissions?

Tax reliefs, carbon taxes and incentives promote the sales of low-emission cars. A new study by the European Environment Agency (EEA) demonstrates how the political measures undertaken in different countries are fundamental to increase such a commerce […]

Effort Sharing, land-use, energy efficiency: EU sets new laws  to achieve 2030 climate targets

The Council of the European Union gave final approval to key regulations covering GHG emission reductions, land-use activities, energy performance of buildings and environmental reporting obligations for Member States […]

Addressing consumption is key to reducing emissions in cities

The carbon footprint of cities may be 60% larger than previously estimated once consumption emissions are included in the equation. A better understanding of these consumption-based emissions will improve the ability of cities to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions at a global level and support emissions reduction activities beyond their own city boundaries. […]

How to limit global warming to 1.5°C?

A new study published on Nature Climate Change and co-authored by CMCC researchers J. Emmerling, L. Drouet, and M. Tavoni assesses the feasibility of the 1.5°C threshold under different socioeconomic conditions […]

Draft IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

Sent out for comments from governments and other experts, the text is a work in progress which could change substantially and do not necessarily represent the IPCC’s final assessment of the state of knowledge. According to leaked IPCC drafts, we need unprecedented changes in energy use, industry and other sectors to limit global warming below 1.5°C […]

COP23 Side Event “Towards Sustainable Climate Change Response Measures under the Paris Agreement”

The methods for evaluating nationally determined contributions’ emission reduction efforts and assesses their economic costs. A focus on how to reduce compliance costs while highlighting the value of technology and social innovations. A COP23 event in Bonn with the participation of CMCC President Antonio Navarra and Prof. Carlo Carraro […]

Towards a low carbon economy: a new climate strategy for Albania launched

A comprehensive strategy and action plan with targets and methods on how to mitigate climate change is now in place. It covers policies and actions in those economic sectors that contribute most to carbon emissions […]

FEEM – ICCG Best Practices Contest Awards: top projects for expanding access to climate finance

Bottom-up initiatives providing funds for emission reduction projects and climate resilience actions showcased at awarding event in Milan. Two projects awarded: the jury’s choice was motivated by the will to award two active and operative entities implementing microfinance strategies that have proven their capacity to deliver concrete results in climate-vulnerable developing countries […]

Special COP22 Marrakech: the Paris Agreement powers the engine up

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (#COP22) is taking place from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. The event starts just a few days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, on November 4, 2016. Analyses, background and future implications from the newsletter of Climate Policy Observer […]

Addressing the under 2°C target: regional experiences and good practices

An event organized in the framework of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) local events “Let’s talk about Europe” to present and discuss the role of regions and cities in implementing the Paris agreement on climate change while fostering citizens’ dialogue on climate change related policies and initiatives. On October 21st, 2016, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy […]

Measuring Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the UN Assembly unanimously approved its new Sustainable Development Goals. It is now crucial to start preparing adequate data sets to measure the progress of each country towards a sustainable development. A new post on Carlo Carraro’s blog […]

G20: key step forward as US and China agree to ratify Paris climate deal

Presidents Obama and Xi ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement on the eve of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. At the moment, 26 Parties, accounting for 39.06% of global GHG emissions, have ratified of 197 Parties to the Convention […]

Up to 155 countries set to sign Paris Agreement

More than 150 governments, with US and China pushing to bring Paris climate deal into force as soon as possible, have confirmed that they will attend the signing ceremony on April 22 in New York. The Paris climate agreement needs to be approved by 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions to enter into force. Last updates on events planned and the list of Parties signing the agreement […]

Climate and energy targets in China’s 13th Five-Years Plan

A specific target for PM2.5 and other measures to address pollution. A wide-ranging plan including several binding and guiding targets for China’s economy and policy until 2020 setting the country on a path to a 48 percent reduction in carbon intensity levels by 2020 compared to 2005 levels […]

Paris agreement: key points and future prospects

December 12, 2015 has taken its place in the history of the fight against climate change as the date on which 195 countries succeeded in finding a common agreement for reducing anthropogenic emissions and handling the impacts of rising global temperature. Is it really a success? Carlo Carraro comments the outcomes of the COP21 in an article from his blog […]