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Raising Ambition through Cooperation

Recent JIKO Policy Paper explores options for ambition raising under Article 6

(Photo: National Renewable Energy Lab/flickr)
(Photo: National Renewable Energy Lab/flickr)

March 2018 - In order to achieve the climate change mitigation targets agreed in Paris, Parties must urgently raise their ambition. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which allows Parties to cooperate in implementing their nationally determined contributions, is to contribute to this objective. Against this backdrop, a new JIKO Policy Paper explores how Parties using Article 6 can increase their mitigation ambition. Building on a broad definition of ambition raising which puts the intensification of climate change mitigation targets and actions by Parties at its centre, eight different ambition raising options are identified. The analysis shows that these options are associated with different technical, institutional and political challenges, calling for a combination of different ambition raising options to best suit countries’ specific national circumstances. A combination of different ambition raising options would also allow to achieve an immediate climate impact while at the same time integrating the increased ambition into Parties’ mid and long-term mitigation strategies.