International Climate Policy

Despite the adoption of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the international community has struggled to find an adequate answer to the challenge of global climate change for a long time.

At the annual UN climate conferences (Conference of the Parties - COP) governments negotiate intensively to find a solution to the problem that is suitable and acceptable to all. In 2015, a new and throrough climate agreement including contributions by every nation was passed, breaking down historic barriers hindering ambitioned climate protection: the Paris Agreement.


The Wuppertal Institute is constantly observing the negotiations and regularly presents its current research on the future of the climate regime at COP side events. Analyses of the negotiations are available on this website, among those a detailed analysis of the Paris Agreement: Phoenix from the Ashes. Furthermore, you will find a compilation of publications by the Wuppertal Institute on current issues in climate policy here, analyses of previous climate conferences and links to further information available on the internet. 


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Publi- cations

Here you find publications on international climate policy.

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Der Clean Development Mechanism als Instrument der nachhaltigen Quartiersentwicklung in Entwicklungsländern

Das Kuyasa low-cost urban housing energy upgrade project in Kapstadt/Südafrika

COP 21 Can Become a Turning Point towards Sustainable Energy Systems

Paper on behalf of the Secretariat of the Club of Rome preparing for COP 21

Pathways to a Global Deep Decarbonization

2015 Synthesis report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP)

What's Necessary for an Effective Climate Regime?

Synthesis article: UNFCCC before and after Paris

Evaluating the CDM Sustainable Development Tool

Usefulness and recommendation

Design Criteria for Transformational Climate Finance

Discussion paper on governance and action

Standardised Baselines and their Contribution to the Clean Development Mechanism

Final report published

Financing Additional Emission Reductions

JIKO Policy Brief 2/2015

The Road to Paris: Road Work and New Horizons

An Assessment of the Climate Conference in Lima (COP 20 / CMP 10) and the Prospects of COP 21 / CMP 11

Transformative Potential of the New Market Mechanism

JIKO Policy Paper 1/2015

Update in Positions on the Framework for Various Approaches, the New Market-Based Mechanism and Non-Market Based Approaches

JIKO Policy Brief 1/2015

Human Rights and the Clean Development Mechanism

Article in Cambridge Review of International Affairs

At Snails' Pace on the Road to Paris

Wuppertal Assessment of the Lima Climate Summit

Standardised Baselines - Options to Strategically Advance National Climate Policies

JIKO Policy Brief 4/2014

What is a Good Project?

Analysing national programs

Developing a Sectoral New Market Mechanism

Article in the journal "Climate Policy"

Results-Based Finance

Finance for Climate Action and the Role of the CDM

The Role of CDM and Offsets as Part of Future Carbon Markets

Final project report now available

Squaring the Circle of Mitigation Adequacy and Equity

Project interim report shows approaches to reach mitigation commitments by 2015

Towards a Global Energy Transformation

Study for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


Here you find research activities in the field of international climate policy.

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