Climate Change Mitigation

Policies and Progress

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This report reviews trends and progress on climate change mitigation policies in 34 OECD countries and 10 partner economies (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and South Africa), as well as in the European Union. Together, these countries account for over 80% of global GHG emissions. It covers three areas: 1) mitigation targets and goals, 2) carbon pricing instruments (such as energy and carbon taxation, emissions trading systems, as well as support for fossil fuels) and 3) key domestic policy settings in the energy and other sectors (including renewable energy, power generation and transport, innovation and R&D, and mitigation policies in agriculture, forestry, industry and waste sectors). The report is accompanied by an online country profiles tool containing more detailed information.

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The state of play of climate change mitigation policies

This chapter provides an overview of the different national circumstances and emissions profiles that are needed to put climate mitigation policy responses into context. It also includes a summary of international mitigation targets, and goals and information on domestic climate policy settings. The policies described include national climate change plans and domestic targets, carbon and energy taxation, emissions trading systems, support for fossil fuels, innovation and research, development and demonstration (RD&D), renewable energy support policies, regulatory standards and policies to reduce emissions and enhance sinks in other sectors. This chapter serves as an extended summary of the main messages of the report.

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