Welcome to the third issue of Sustainability Tracker – our monthly update on the most important policy developments tackling the urgent challenge of climate change and sustainability.
Our December key takeaways include:
- During the UN Climate Summit on 12 December, a new group of countries announced their target of net zero emissions by 2050, while climate leaders warned that governments are lagging behind to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. 168 countries are expected to strengthen their national climate commitments ahead of COP26.
- In a month full of global cooperation, the EU presented its EU-US Agenda for Global Change to strengthen transatlantic ties following the US election, the EU and ASEAN upgraded their relations to a strategic partnership and Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru signed the Andean Environmental Charter.
- Making good on his climate change agenda, President-elect Joe Biden named Secretary of State John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and is expected to appoint a White House climate chief to lead on domestic climate policy.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, and announced a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 68% by 2030. Lawmakers in New Zealand and Canada presented legislation to commit their respective countries to net-zero emission targets by 2050.
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