About the database
Raising the ambition of action against climate change is urgent. The next 10 years will prove if a transition towards a sustainable, greenhouse gas (GHG) - free society can be made in time to hold temperature increase below 2°C above preindustrial levels.
Countries already successfully implement a wide range of climate and energy policies that reduce GHG emissions. The implementation of good practice policies as they already exist today can move us significantly towards a pathway compatible with 2°C.
For raising the level of ambition, it is crucial to know and analyse the current status of activities against climate change and identify additional policies countries could implement. However, existing databases cover either only some sectors or a subset of countries.
This climate policy database project, carried out by NewClimate Institute with support from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, aims to gather information on which countries are implementing good-practice policies or policies from a policy menu to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Climate policy data were compiled from various public sources (see Table below). The database covers mitigation-related policies that are implemented as of November 2015. Planned policies are excluded from the database, with an exception of energy and GHG emission targets announced as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the post-2020 period.
The long-term goal of this project is to establish an open, collaborative platform to gather all climate-related policies, with full geographical and sectoral coverage. Therefore, we highly welcome your feedback for continuous improvement of the database at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The platform of the database is programmed with Semantic Media Wiki, an open-source, database driven extension of MediaWiki.
Table: List of climate policies sources compiled in the database
|Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency||Renewables; Energy Efficiency||US - Federal & States||Database||http://www.dsireusa.org/|
|IEA Addressing Climate Change||All, including Adaptation||50 countries including all IEA countries||Database||http://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/climatechange/|
|IEA Global Renewable Energy||Renewables||126 countries including all IEA countries||Database||http://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/renewableenergy/|
|IEA Energy Efficiency||Energy Efficiency - All||66 countries including all IEA countries||Database||http://www.iea.org/policiesandmeasures/energyefficiency/|
|IEA Building Energy Efficiency||Energy Efficiency in Buildings||34 countries including all IEA countries||Database||http://www.iea.org/beep/|
|IEA Clean Coal Database||Emissions standards||46 countries including all IEA countries||Database||http://www.iea-coal.org.uk/site/2010/database-section/emission-standards?|
|Transport Policy Database||Transport||Worldwide – 8 countries||Country Profiles||http://transportpolicy.net/|
|Climate Action Tracker||All||30 countries||Country Profiles||http://climateactiontracker.org/countries.html|
|UNFCCC National Communications||All||Worldwide||Country Profiles||http://unfccc.int/national_reports/items/1408.php|
|LSE Global Climate Legislation DB||All||Worldwide||Database||http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/legislation/the-global-climate-legislation-database/|
|OECD Fossil Fuel Support||All||OECD countries||Database||http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=FFS_AUS|
|Columbia Law School Database||All||Worldwide||Country Profiles||http://web.law.columbia.edu/climate-change/resources/climate-change-laws-world#http://web.law.columbia.edu/climate-cha|
|ICAP ETS Map||Industry||Worldwide||Country Profiles||https://icapcarbonaction.com/ets-map|
|Wageningen University MSc Thesis||Overarching||Selected countries||Report||Bulder (2013)|
Please note that the NewClimate Policy Database is not exhaustive. For example, the policy coverage (e.g. sectors as well as the latest reporting year) and the depth of information for each policy were not equal across countries in the databases compiled in this study. Moreover, policies are implemented at subnational levels are not covered. Please also note that this database is not reviewed by national government officials.
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