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Online platform launched to support Paris Agreement goals through open climate data and analytics resources

Online platform launched to support Paris Agreement goals through open climate data and analytics resources

Above image: Historical Greenhouse gas emissions/ Screenshot from Climate Watch

A free online
has been launched to provide open climate data, visualisations and
resources, which will empower policymakers, researchers, media and other
stakeholders and enable them to gather insights on national and global progress
on climate change. The platform is managed by the World Resources Institute
(WRI), in collaboration with partners, including the World Bank Group and the United

Climate Watch (www.climatewatchdata.org)
is a flagship initiative of the NDC
, a coalition of countries and institutions working to
mobilise support and achieve ambitious climate goals while enhancing
sustainable development. NDCs refer to
the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The
Paris Agreement requires all Parties to put forward their best efforts through NDCs
and to strengthen these efforts in the years ahead. This includes requirements
that all Parties report regularly on their emissions and on their
implementation efforts.

Climate Watch contributes to the goals of the Paris
Agreement by using open data to increase transparency and accountability, and
provide actionable analysis on how countries can enhance their efforts to
combat climate change.

It brings together dozens of datasets for the first time to
let users analyse and compare the NDCs, access historical emissions data,
discover how countries can leverage their climate goals to achieve their
sustainable development objectives, and use models to map new pathways to a
lower carbon, prosperous future.

This free platform enables users to create and share custom
data visualisations and comparisons of national climate commitments.

The platform includes data and visualisations
on all countries’ greenhouse gas emissions
(by sectors, regions and gases),
as well as a comprehensive,
user-friendly database of all countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions
. The latter provides information on the status of ratification and
NDCs submission, along with details of the NDCs.

Data for the former is obtained from
WRI’s CAIT, the PIK (Potsdam Institute for
Climate Impact Research), and the UNFCC
(United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).  

Climate Watch also provides comprehensive mapping of linkages
between Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets of the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development. This would help identify potential alignment between
the targets, actions, policies measures and needs in countries’ NDCs and
the targets of the SDGs.

Linkage between Nationally Determined Contributions and the Sustainable Development Goals/ Screenshot from Climate Watch

and visuals of emissions scenario pathways
for major emitting countries,
derived from a growing library of models will be available soon. This tool
would enable easy visualisation of a range of future emission pathways linked
to different scenarios of economic and energy development.

and sectoral profile pages
offer a snapshot of climate progress, risks and

for Climate Watch include Climate
Action Tracker
, Climate Analytics,
giz, Google, the World Bank Group and the United Nations.  Generous funding for the initiative was
provided by the Swiss Federal
Office for the Environment
, the German Federal Ministry for the
Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the
UK Department
for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
and Google.

Additional data was provided by Center for Policy Research
, Department of
Sciences and Environmental Engineering – New University of Lisbon
, Energy Innovation: Policy
and Technology LLC
, Environmental
Change Institute – University of Oxford
, Environmental Research Institute – University College Cork,
Joint Global Change
Research Institute
, Paul
Scherrer Institute
, The Global Calculator, U.S. Energy Information Administration and the UNFCCC – Biennial Update Reports.

Climate Watch has an open data commitment and intends to
provide information free of constraints and restrictions on use. Except as noted
on this webpage,
data and visualisations on the website carry the Creative
Commons CC BY 4.0
 license, which permits unrestricted reuse of Climate
Watch content when proper attribution is provided.


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