About the database

The Climate Policy Database, maintained by NewClimate Institute with support from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Wageningen     University and Research, aims to gather information on climate mitigation policies and benchmark these against a policy matrix, that represents a comprehensive policy package to mitigate the effects of climate change. The database covers national mitigation-related policies and is updated periodically. Planned policies are excluded from the database, with an exception of energy and emission targets announced as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the post-2020 period.

We aim to establish an open, collaborative platform to gather information on climate-related policies, with full geographical and sectoral coverage. Therefore, we highly welcome your comments for continuous improvement and collaboration at: climatepolicydatabase@newclimate.org.

This project is funded by the European Union H2020 project ENGAGE and was, in the previous phase, funded by CD-Links.

For the legal information & privacy policy, please visit newclimate.org.

Versions

The Climate Policy Database is updated periodically. We analyse various public sources to compile and categorise climate policies (see Table below). Each year, we create a static database for version control:

Version 2019: Contains policies adopted until 2019 by the G20 economies, excluding European Union member states, and non-comprehensive policy data for remaining countries.

Table: Climate policy data sources reviewed
NameCoverageCountry coverageTypeWebsite
Asia Pacific Energy Portal
  • Economy-wide
  • Asia-Pacific
Database
Brown to Green report
  • Economy-wide
  • G20
Report
Climate Watch
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Database
Climate Action Tracker
  • Economy-wide
  • Several countries
Report
Columbia Law School Database
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Database
COMMIT
  • Economy-wide
  • A few countries
Report
Deutsche Bank Global Climate Policy Tracker
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Report
Dieselnet
  • Emissions standards
  • A few countries
Report
ECOLEX
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Database
EU Climate Change Mitigation Policies and Measures
  • Economy-wide
  • EU
Database
GBPN - Building Policies for a Better World
  • Buildings
  • A few countries
Database
ICAP Emissions Trading Schemes
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Database
IEA Clean Coal Database
  • Emissions standards
  • Worldwide
Database
IEA Policy Database
  • Energy-related
  • Worldwide
Database
NDCs - UNFCCC
  • NDCs
  • Worldwide
Report
Climate Change Laws of the World
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Database
OECD Energy taxes
  • Economy-wide
  • OECD + others
Database
GHG mitigation policies in major emitting countries: an overview of recently adopted policies
  • Economy-wide
  • Several countries
Report
REN21
  • Energy-related
  • Worldwide
Report
RES Legal
  • Renewables
  • EU
Database
State Energy Efficiency Policy
  • Efficiency
  • USA
Database
State Energy Efficiency Policy
  • Efficiency
  • USA
Database
State incentives of RE & EE
  • Energy-related
  • USA
Database
Transport policy
  • Transport
  • A few countries
Report
UNFCCC NatComs and BURs
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Report
WTO Environmental Database
  • Economy-wide
  • Worldwide
Database
Disclaimer

Please note that the Climate Policy Database is not exhaustive. For example, the policy coverage and depth of information for each policy is unequal across countries analysed. Policies adopted at subnational level are not comprehensively covered. Please also note that this database is not reviewed by national government officials.

To enhance data quality and consistency, our data collection and coding were substantiated by experts, working on the evaluation of international climate policies. National experts also reviewed a subset of policies considered to have high emissions reduction potential. Even if covering all policies to their full extent was impossible, the database provides insights about policy trends over time and supports claims about policy adoption, especially in the G20.

For enquiries
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Email: climatepolicydatabase@newclimate.org

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