In Switzerland, the annual greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by an additional six million tons by the year 2030, or else the national climate protection goals will not be achieved. This was the written statement by the competent authorities in 2016 in the explanatory report to the complete revision of the CO2 act. Six million tons: How did they come up with this figure? How can a country evaluate its climate policy? Under the Paris Agreement, almost all states, including the developing countries, have committed themselves to restricting or reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. A compendium, developed under the aegis of INFRAS, shows methods by which countries can evaluate by themselves, how effective their climate policy is – and what the required additional efforts are in order to achieve their national climate protection goals.
Background: According to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, every country sets its own climate protection goals so that country-specific frame conditions can be taken into account individually. For the implementation it is important that countries are able to assess their climate protection efforts undertaken so far and that they can evaluate what target contribution can intensify their future climate policy. For this purpose, climate experts now present a methodological paper, which has been established among an international monitoring group. INFRAS has coordinated the process, developed the structure as well as the concept and co-authored the compendium as a lead author.