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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En Route to a Just Global Energy Transformation?

Lukas Hermwille's FES-study translated into English

Analysis of Art. 6 Submissions

New JIKO policy paper

Setting Sails for Troubled Waters

An Assessment of the Marrakech Climate Conference

Human Rights and the Clean Development Mechanism

Lessons learnt from three case studies

The Dual Aim in the Paris Agreement's Article 6.4

Learning from the CDM SD tool

Real Progress Wanted

New Carbon Mechanisms Review

What Future for Voluntary Carbon Markets?

New JIKO Policy Brief published

Shaping the Paris Mechanisms

New JIKO policy paper published

Writings on the Wall

What the US Elections Mean for International Climate Policy

Robust Transfers of Mitigation Outcomes

JIKO Policy Paper about understanding environmental integrity challenges

Linking Non-State Actors and Transnational Climate Initiatives to the Paris Agreement

Policy brief and conference paper published

Climate Change as a Transformation Challenge

An article about the New Climate Policy Paradigm

The Transformative Potential Of Emissions Trading

The effectiveness of emission trading in fostering innovation is limited

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

Carbon Markets after Paris

JIKO Policy Paper 1/2016

Phoenix from the Ashes

An analysis of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change

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

Mitigation Commitments and Fair Effort Sharing

Interim project report on fair share for emissions in 2025 and 2030

Role of Market Mechanisms in Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

JIKO Policy Brief 3/2015


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

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