The time has come to get serious about decarbonising the emission-intensive materials sector. The production of basic materials (cement, iron and steel, paper and board, aluminium and chemicals and petrochemicals) accounted for around 25% of global CO2 emissions in 2014 (Figure 1).

This report explores the potential implications which two groups of experimental technologies aimed at managing global climate risk, known as Carbon Removal and Solar Geoengineering, could have for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A growing body of evidence suggests that approaches to address the risk of leakage have not performed as intended, however, causing regulatory capture, perverse incentives, and windfall profits.

The issue of coal transitions is coming into focus in both national and international climate policy discussions. There are several drivers of this. At one level, the Paris Agreement marked a significant shift in the pace, scope and ambition of global climate change mitigation action.

Fossil fuel subsidies undercut the international community’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change objectives in many ways.

Basic materials such as steel, cement or aluminium are important inputs to our economies. However their production is responsible for the dominant share of industrial emissions and 16% of European greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

This report summarises the findings of the 3rd Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC) held on the 13th and 14th July 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The theme of GCPC 2016 was “Implementing the Paris Agreement: new research solutions for developing countries”.

The relationship between trade policy and climate policy needs to improve in the future, in particular with a view towards implementing the Paris Agreement.

This paper looks at existing and future climate clubs or club-like arrangements, which bring together groups of national Governments, cities and other sub-national jurisdictions, and business organisations, in pursuit of joint plans for climate change mitigation, and also adaptation.

Europe is not alone in taking action to price carbon and promote low-carbon energy, and Europe’s competitiveness is not dependent on its energy prices.

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