Track 0 is building a resource library reflecting the many studies, reports and initiatives at all levels of society – from countries, to cities and communities, and from economists to business leaders – on the unifying goal of phasing out emissions to zero. The resource centre is under construction and currently offers the following tools and information sources, divided by category:
Possible Elements of a 2015 Legal Agreement on Climate Change-IDDRI >>
A paper by Erik Haites, Farhana Yamin, and Niklas Hohne setting out how a legal agreement between countries may be reached through the UNFCCC negotiations by 2015, with a commitment to the scientific case to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Elders have asked world leaders coming to the Summit to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 >>
An article by The Elders, an eminent group of former world leaders, calling on today’s leaders to set about agreeing to policy by 2015 that sets a carbon neutral goal for 2050.
Next decade is critical to stay below 2°C or 1.5°C- Climate Analytics-ECOFYS >>
In order to prevent dangerous climate change and limit warming to below 2°C, both Annex I and Non-Annex I countries need to both significantly increase the level of current action to reduce emissions ahead of 2020 and commit to deeper cuts in emissions than currently pledged post 2020.
Latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change >>
The “debate” about climate change has ended. AR5, one of the largest scientific reports ever undertaken, analyzed over 20,00 peer-reviewed research papers submitted by scientists from nearly every country on Earth. The overwhelming evidence now proves that our planet is heating up, the seas are becoming more acidic, and the polar ice is melting — all at rates faster than originally predicted — and this is due primarily to the burning of fossil fuels.
The Consensus for Action >>
Developed out of Stanford University and UC Berkeley, Consensus for Action is a joint statement by over 1300 scientists in 60 countries addressed to policymakers to take urgent action to address global climate change.
Low Carbon Economy
Roadmap 2050 – Architecture 2030 >>
Urban areas are responsible for over 70% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions, mostly from buildings. By 2030, a staggering 82 billion square meters (900 billion square feet), an area roughly equal to 60% of the total building stock of the world, will be built and rebuilt in urban areas worldwide. This projection provides an unprecedented opportunity to reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions by setting the entire global Building Sector on a path to peak emissions quickly, and completely phase out CO2 emissions by about 2050.
The Global Commission on the Climate and Economy >>
Chaired by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, the Commission is a major new international initiative to analyse and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change. It comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business.
The New Climate Economy Report >>
Rapid technological progress, a large rise in trade, and major structural changes have transformed the global economy in the last 25 years. Developing countries now account for more than two-fifths of world GDP. Poverty dropped at the fastest rate ever in the last decade. However, since the Great Recession of 2008–09, countries at all income levels have struggled to achieve fast, equitable growth in output, jobs and opportunities. Vigorous and deliberate reforms are needed to sustain broad-based long-term prosperity.
Keeping it Fair
The Elders position on climate change >>
The Elders believe that 2014 is a critical year for action on climate change. As we rapidly approach the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible, we risk inflicting one of the greatest injustices in human history, denying future generations their right to a livable, sustainable planet. If we fail to act now, the whole of humanity stands to lose.
Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice Declaration >>
Issued by the global High Level Advisory Committee to the Climate Justice Dialogue, which includes former presidents and other leaders from the fields of politics, science, business, civil society and academia, the Declaration on Climate Justice calls on world leaders to take bold action on climate change and create a future that is fair for all.
Actions on Track
World Future Council Report: How to achieve 100% renewable energy >>
The policy handbook carefully analyzes case studies to identify drivers, barriers as well as facilitating factors for 100% renewable energy penetration. The foal is to derive policy recommendations and to enable their transfer to other jurisdictions around the world in 4 major categories — Cities & Communities, Regions & States, National Governments, Island Governments.
2015 International Agreement
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) >>
The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership with 195 countries that have ratified the Convention, called Parties to the Convention. The Conference of Parties in 2015 (COP21) seeks to achieve a landmark agreement between nations on multilateral action to address the climate crisis.
UN Kyoto Protocol >>
The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which commits its Parties by setting internationally binding emission reduction targets. Recognizing that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity, the Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities.”
UN Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) >>
The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) is a subsidiary body that was established in December 2011. The mandate of the ADP is to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties, which is to be completed no later than 2015 in order for it to be adopted at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and for it to come into effect and be implemented from 2020.
We Mean Business Coalition >>
We Mean BusIness is a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. These businesses recognize that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. To accelerate this transition, we have formed a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyze bold climate action by all and promote smart policy frameworks.
Ahead of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge, as well as develop plans to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels.
This report takes a first step in helping financial institutions create more robust GHG inventories, by discussing objectives, options, and challenges for financial institutions and stakeholders to consider when creating and evaluating a GHG emissions inventory.
Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement, Special Report by WBGU, September 2014 >>
The German federal government set up WBGU as an independent, scientific advisory body in 1992 in the run-up to the Rio Earth Summit. The special report calls for compliance with the 2°C guard rail with agreement for all social actors to make their specific contributions towards decarbonization.
Climate Action Tracker September 2014 Policy Briefing >>
Policy briefing by PIK, Climate Analytics, and Ecofys that describes the need for near-zero emissions by 2050 in order to have a high likelihood (>85% chance) of staying below the threshold of 2°C in global temperature rise.