Increasing the level of climate ambition by developing long-term strategies
Keeping global warming well below +2°C requires immediate changes, through choices that lead our economies towards a carbon neutral world by the second half of the century. We know what we want to achieve: the challenge lies in determining how to do it, and what is the necessary sequence of actions. Countries, cities, companies need to put in place strategies that satisfy the needs of the people in a way that is compatible with climate change targets.
The Deep Decarbonization Pathways (DDP) initiative is a collaboration of leading research teams currently covering 36 countries. Their aim is to help governments and non-state actors make choices that put economies and societies on track to reach a carbon neutral world by the second half of the century.
- Build and open to debate ambitious and realistic decarbonization pathways, country by country, showing key drivers and their effects by 2050 ;
- Make their common methodology available to all, so that every government or stakeholder can build and propose its own pathways ;
- Develop in-country expertise and international scientific knowledge.
The DDP initiative contributes to the implementation of the Paris Agreement inviting countries to communicate “long-term low emission development strategies”. This complements and brings perspective to the revision of countries' official commitments (Nationally Determined Contributions), which occurs every five years.
It especially supports the efforts of the Carbon Neutrality Coalition, that brings together national and local governments, as well as private companies committed to a decarbonization path.
Public and private financial actors can also use the DDP approach to assess to what extent their strategy supports the decarbonization of the economies they support.
Learn more on the DDP Initiative website
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