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18 October 2016 Tougher policy measures needed to meet Japan’s climate targets – IGES analysis
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IGES Briefing Note

The 2016 US Presidential Election and the Implications for Climate Change: Is There Potential for Cautious Optimism?
Mark Elder and Augustine Kwan, IGES
December 2016

IGES Working Paper

Empowering the Ratchet-up Mechanism under the Paris Agreement
Kentaro Tamura, Masahiro Suzuki, and Madoka Yoshino
November 2016
This paper aims to examine the three elements of the ratchet-up mechanism: (1) a linkage between a five-year cycle of nationally determined contributions and long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies; (2) an enhanced transparency framework; and (3) a global stocktake.

IGES Working Paper

Analysis of Financial Components of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) - Lessons for future NDCs-
Noriko Shimizu and Alexis Rocamora, IGES
November 2016
This paper tries to capture the main characteristics of financial components of INDCs, in order to deepen understanding of developing countries’ financial needs.

IGES Working Paper

Greenhouse gas emissions inventory capacity: An assessment of Asian developing countries
Chisa Umemiya, Molly White, Aryanie Amellina, Noriko Shimizu
November 2016
In the context of the transparency framework under the Paris Agreement (PA), this paper presents the status and changes in the capacity of 37 developing countries in Asia to develop national GHG inventories by using a matrix of capacity-indicators.

IGES Issue Brief

Assessing the Emission Impacts of Current Plans for Constructing and Retrofitting Thermal Power Plants in Japan:A Study on the Effectiveness of the Policy Mix in the Electricity Sector on Mid- and Long-term CO2 Emissions
Kuriyama Akihisa and Tamura Kentaro, IGES
September 2016
Assuming all thermal power plants currently planned for construction and replacement are put into operation, coal-fired and gas-fired power plants need to operate below 56% and 43%, respectively, of their capacity factor in order to achieve Japan’s electric power sector’s voluntary emissions intensity targets for 2030. However...

IGES Working Paper

How did intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) address capacity building? Implications for future communication by Parties on capacity building under the Paris Agreement
Umemiya Chisa, Goodwin Justin and Gillenwater Michael
July 2016
This paper surveys a sample of INDCs and assesses how capacity building is identified and mentioned in the context of their pledges towards the Paris Agreement. The paper suggests that it is necessary to improve prior information on capacity building gaps and needs to enhance clarity, transparency and understating, and to ensure that Parties identify those gaps and needs so that international support can be delivered effectively through the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB).

IGES Discussion Paper

Operationalizing the Paris Agreement Article 6 through the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) - Key Issues for Linking Market Mechanisms and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
Amellina Aryanie, Koakutsu Kazuhisa, Rocamora Alexis R. and Umemiya Chisa, IGES
May 2016
This report aims to inform the current progress and lessons from the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and how they will contribute to the efforts in climate mitigation, especially for the Post-2020 to achieve the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the context of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

IGES Working Paper

Can we expect a transformative shift in international capacity building after Paris? Observations from Party submissions
Chisa Umemiya, IGES and Michael Gillenwater, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
May 2016
To implement the Paris Agreement, a transformative change in international capacity building is required. Based on Party submissions after Paris, the paper warns of the possibility that future capacity building could be a continuation of past approaches, thereby fail to achieve the scale necessary for implementation of the Agreement.

IGES Working Paper

Quantitative Assessment of Certified Emission Reductions from Non-additional CDM projects
Akihisa Kuriyama and Kazuhisa Koakutsu, IGES
April 2016
By the end of December 2015, 1,642 MtCO2 of certified emission reductions (CERs) had been issued. This paper estimates the amount of issued CERs form the clean development mechanism (CDM) projects that have concern of non-additionality by developing three evaluation criteria based on existing literature.

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