The premise of the Mitigation Program of the Global Network for Climate Solutions is that much can be gained by considering concrete actions countries need to take in order to reduce emissions. In particular, this initiative emphasizes targeted strategies based on individual technologies, sectors, and gases. The ever-growing divergence between emissions trajectories and various country pledges and aspirations indicates that the current international process is simply not creating the conditions for the necessary reductions. There is an urgent need for new approaches to foster the international cooperation necessary to make mitigation meaningful at a global scale.
The Mitigation Program is developing a ‘mitigation template', which aims to present information about greenhouse gas emissions in a way that facilitates the identification of country-specific reduction opportunities within or across countries, sectors, and gases. The purpose of the template is to show how different sources of emissions, and potential emissions reductions, fit together. It is designed to be modular, meaning that the information obtained can be put to use even if we do not have a complete set of data for every country or sector or policy or gas.
An essential aim of the template is to ensure standardization, so that the information supplied by different organizations can be compared and the relationship between different contributions (sectors, for example) can be revealed.
As part of the same effort to concisely present information, we have developed country profiles, which give an overview of the emissions and energy data of a given country and their major climate policies. We have also begun a series of factsheets which explore mitigation strategies at the level of individual gases, technologies and sectors. These serve as an analytical complement to the data provided in the template.
We have established an international network of institutions with whom we work to develop the data that will be included in the template. The Mitigation Program is designed to stimulate discussion and collaboration among different organizations in different countries; the network is a primary tool for creating that dialogue.
The Mitigation Board is made up of leading mitigation experts from around the world. Some, but not all, of these individuals are associated with organizations supplying information to the template. Many are associated with complementary initiatives. The Board helps to shape the mitigation template, suggest network members, and guide the project.