New Zealand’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10-20 percent below 1990 levels has been rated as ‘inadequate’ by organisation Climate Action Tracker. Other countries joining New Zealand in the inadequate category include Australia, China, Kazakhstan, the US, the Russian Federation, and the EU.
The tracker describes the EU as a "special case". While its unconditional commitment of 20 percent reduction is rated 'inadequate', the adoption of the 30 percent reduction target would move the EU into the 'medium' range and very close to 'sufficient'.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Maldives, who is classed as the ‘role model’ in the ranking system. The island nation has proposed to become climate-neutral by 2020. It’s followed by Bhutan and Costa Rica in the ‘sufficient’ category. Bhutan has proposed to to stay carbon neutral, meanwhile Costa Rica said it will become carbon neutral by 2021 if international support is provided. Japan, Norway, Papua New Guinea and South Korea round off the sufficient category. Among the countries listed in the ‘medium’ category are Brazil, Israel and South Africa.
The Climate Action Tracker, supported by the European Climate Foundation, is a science-based assessment system jointly developed by Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. It regularly provides updated information on countries’ greenhouse gas reduction proposals. Launched in November 2009, it assesses both developed and developing countries emission reduction pledges. An extension of the initiative is currently under development with partner institutions.
How the world is tracking