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Climate Chance Observatory of global non-state climate action

In spite of IPCC’s multiple warnings on the depth of the climate catastrophe, greenhouse gases emissions rise started over in 2017 and seem to follow this trend in 2018. The aggregation of States commitments during COP21 should not keep the rise of temperatures below 3°C by the end of the century. Our societies would not stand such climate change.

Facing this emergency, the mobilisation of non-state actors (local governments, businesses, NGOs…) and the numerous remarkable projects they carry out, give grounds for hope, to the extent that some consider it may bridge the gap between States’ insufficient commitments and mitigation efforts the IPCC scenarios enjoin.

Climate Chance has launched a one-of-a-kind project, the Observatory of global non-state climate action, which aims at analysing how non-state action impacts the evolution of GHG emissions. The Observatory does not intend to aggregate all actions undertaken — it would be illusory. Rather, it seeks to understand where the most interesting dynamics stem from, through the study of the combination of national public policies with actors’ mobilisation, transnational networks of local governments, the implication of finance sector and the evolution of its instruments…

What is it about ?

In order to highlight the potential of action of non-state actors, the Observatory released the very first report of analysis of non-state actors climate action at global scale at the end of the year 2018, just before COP24.

This report builds on existing knowledge, providing the synthesis of nearly 1000 references from reports produced by think tanks, NGOs and IGOs, databases, scientific literature and specialised media. In this first edition 2018 of the report, the Observatory provides one of the most extensive overview over the evolution of world greenhouse gases emissions, and endeavours to emphasize weak signals and meaningful examples allowing hope for a reversal of current trajectories.

It is also one the rare reports with such a broad scope of study to be published in both French and English.

Read the 2018 Report