Climate Transparency is a global partnership with a shared mission to stimulate a “race to the top” in climate action in G20 countries 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 the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the International Climate Initiative, ClimateWorks Foundation and the World Bank Group.
The HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform in collaboration with Climate Analytics is currently acting as the international secretariat of Climate Transparency. The secretariat is led by Dr. Gerd Leipold with support of Sebastian Wegner, Hannah Schindler, Aleksandra Zebrowska, Catrina Godinho and Kim Coetzee.
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CentroClima was founded in 2000 through an agreement between the University Institute COPPE and the Ministry of Environment. Since then, CentroClima has participated actively in the development of public policies and reinforcement of the national and international capacitation of diverse stakeholders regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a focus on the elaboration of GHG inventories, development and analysis of mitigation scenarios, and adaptation plans of municipalities. CentroClima and the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change have led the IES-Brasil project in 2013-2015, a stakeholder’s driven scenario exercise to support the Brazilian INDC.
Climate Analytics is a non-profit institute that brings together high levels of expertise in scientific and policy aspects of climate change. Its activities encompass: climate science including assessment of climate impacts, risks and vulnerabilities, and mitigation pathways; scientific, technical and legal support to Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries in the international climate negotiations, as well as in formulation and implementation of climate plans; international climate finance; climate tracking and analysing the progress of national climate policies against the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as part of the Climate Action Tracker. Climate Analytics was established in 2008 and has offices in Berlin/Germany, Lomé/Togo, New York/USA and Perth/Australia.
Energy Research Institute (ERI)
ERI was established in 1982 as part of Chinese Academy of Science. It is now under administration of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) conducting policy assessments for the Chinese government. The research teams in ERI provide technical support to the national policy making process on climate change and energy by drafting policies and action plans. ERI supported the development of the 1st and 2nd National Communication of China, China’s National Program on Climate Change, China’s commitment for Copenhagen and Paris (COPs), national climate change strategies and National Emission Trading Regime design as well as the assessment of a carbon tax for China.
Energy Research Centre (University of Cape Town)
The Energy Systems Research Group at the University of Cape Town is a multi-disciplinary research centre with a focus on energy, climate and sustainability, and has done ground-breaking work on post-apartheid South African energy policy, on energy provision for the urban and rural poor and on the energy-environment nexus, and played a leading role in developing both South Africa’s current energy and climate policy frameworks. The ERC works closely with policymakers nationally (especially in the National Treasury, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Energy), with other national stakeholders and with an international network of climate and energy researchers on energy and climate policy challenges, as well as providing advice and negotiating capacity to South Africa’s national delegation to the UNFCCC.
Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN)
FARN is an Argentinian NGO, founded in 1985, and has a long history of environmental work in the country ranging from Environmental Law and Public Participation (since 1985), Biodiversity, Extractive Industries, Energy, and Climate Change. In terms of Climate Change, FARN is working on the monitoring of the Argentinian NDC process, UNFCCC negotiations, and has had an active role in coordinating regional studies for the Latin American Platform on Climate Change, CDKN, and the Regional Center on Climate Change and Decision Making.
Germanwatch e.V. is a civil society organization with offices in Bonn and Berlin. Germanwatch is actively promote North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods. Together with its members and supporters as well as with other actors in civil society Germanwatch intends to represent a strong lobby for sustainable development.
Iniciativa Climática de México (ICM)
Iniciativa Climática de México A.C. (ICM) is a non-profit non-governmental organization founded in 2012. ICM’s experienced and knowledgeable team produces high-quality technical papers on the status of climate policy, power, and transport in Mexico, identifying trends and tendencies in these sectors. ICM has solid working relationships with different areas of the Mexican Government, the Mexican Congress, sectorial business associations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations from the policy, energy and transport and mobility areas.
Institute for Essential Service Reform (IESR)
IESR was established in Indonesia in 2006 and is working in the area of energy, climate change and extractive industries. IESR’s work includes the conduct of policy analyses, capacity building, and providing advisory services to to government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private sector in the areas of energy policy and regulation, international climate change negotiation and natural resources governance. IESR also implements renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in March 1998 under an initiative of the Japanese government and with the support of Kanagawa Prefecture based on the “Charter for the Establishment of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies”. The aim of the Institute is to achieve a new paradigm for civilization and conduct innovative policy development and strategic research for environmental measures, reflecting the results of research into political decisions for realising sustainable development, both in the Asia-Pacific region and globally.
Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) is an independent research institute dedicated to fostering the transition to sustainable development and prosperity for all.
IDDRI identifies the necessary conditions for the integration of sustainable development into public policies and proposes tools for their implementation. It takes action at different levels, from international cooperation to the policies of countries, cities and businesses.
IDDRI provides a platform to facilitate a transparent dialogue between all stakeholders (research and academic community, governments, civil society, private sector), while ensuring mutual learning and the relevance of its research.
Its work is structured around four thematic agendas: Climate, Biodiversity and ecosystems, Ocean, Governance.
NewClimate Institute is a limited liability non-profit company (gGmbH) founded in November 2014. It supports research and implementation of action against climate change around the globe. NewClimate generates and shares knowledge on international climate negotiations, tracking climate action, climate and development, climate finance and carbon market mechanisms.
Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. ODI’s mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. The Climate Finance team at ODI conducts world-class research and delivers practical advice to support developing countries in their efforts to move towards low emission, climate resilient economies. Working in partnership with governments, international organizations, and research institutes, we inform and influence policies, practices, and public debate to promote the effective use of climate finance.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
TERI is a non-profit, scientific and policy research organization, working in India and globally in the field of climate change, energy, environment, water, biotechnology, forestry, as well as a range of sustainable development issues. The organization was founded in 1974 and over years it has created a dynamic and inspiring environment for developing innovative and cost-effective solutions for climate. It is one of the most strategically placed research organizations in India which has established and enriched relationships with the Government of India at national, and sub-national levels as well as with other stakeholders including Indian corporate sector, NGOs, financial institutions and other research organizations. TERI has been extensively working on issues of climate change including climate finance, transparency, MRV, technology and has provided inputs in activities that directly feed into the international and domestic climate policy discourses.
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.