About the Initiative

The need for transparency

A warming planet is an environmental challenge and a threat to humanity. Negative effects of climate change are numerous and severe, in particular climate migration is poised to become an issue of unprecedented scale.

To mitigate the harmful consequences of global warming, more ambitious climate action by countries is urgently needed.

Various international efforts have been established acknowledging the urgency of the issue. Most recently in the Paris Agreement countries have committed to increase their climate action. Within this framework, transparency has been recognized as an incremental driver.

However, an independent globally accepted source of credible, comprehensive and comparable information on climate action of countries is still missing to fasten and deepen ambition towards low carbon economies. This would not only stimulate international and national debate, but also be vital for giving signals to shift investments to support the new momentum provided by the Paris Agreement.

For this transformation process governmental leadership is key to facilitate a market breakthrough of zero carbon technologies and process. Here, the G20 is the most important group of countries. However, transparency on climate action that would increase awareness and peer pressure is still missing in the political arena.

G20 leadership would also strengthen and deepen the emerging post-Paris transparency framework.

 

About Climate Transparency

Climate Transparency is a global consortium with a shared mission to stimulate a ‘race to the top’ in G20 climate action and to shift investments towards zero carbon technologies through enhanced transparency.

Joint assessment to increase transparency: Climate Transparency brings together the most authoritative climate assessments and expertise of stakeholders from G20 countries. Jointly, these experts develop a credible, comprehensive and comparable picture on G20 climate performance: The Brown to Green Report covers easy-to-use information on all major areas such as mitigation and climate finance and includes detailed fact sheets on all G20 countries. It is published on an annual basis on the eve of the G20 Summit.

Empowering change agents: Climate Transparency aims to increase awareness and peer pressure among policy-makers in G20 governments and influencers from civil society and the financial sector on a national and international level. Activities of Climate Transparency to empower change agents include international and country-specific media work, direct communication with decision makers and G20 engagement groups as well as workshops in G20 countries.

Climate Transparency was co-founded under the leadership of Peter Eigen (Founder of Transparency International) and Alvaro Umaña (former Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica Costa Rica) in late 2014.

Climate Transparency is made possible through support from the ClimateWorks Foundation, Stiftung Mercator and the World Bank Group.

 

The Secretariat

The HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform is currently acting as the international secretariat of Climate Transparency. The secretariat is lead by Dr. Gerd Leipold with support of Sebastian Wegner and Hannah Schindler.

To contact us, please write a mail to Hannah Schindler to info@climate-transparency.org

G20 Brown to Green Report 2017

G20 Report 2017:
Country Profiles: Argentina | Australia | Brazil | Canada | China | EU | France | Germany | India | Indonesia | Italy | Japan | Korea, Rep. | Mexico | Russia | Saudi Arabia | South Africa | Turkey | UK | USA