Papua, New Guinea First to Finalize Climate Plan under Paris Agreement

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Papua, New Guinea, recently became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called ‘Nationally Determined Contribution’, or NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The small Pacific nation’s plan to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an “intended” nationally determined contribution (INDC)—it is now the country’s official climate plan. Papua, New Guinea’s, NDC marks a step forward in the process of implementing the landmark international climate agreement adopted at the COP21 in Paris in Dec. 2015. In the lead up to COP21, countries submitted INDCs, setting out what climate actions they proposed to take to contribute to the global community’s collective effect to limit global warming. To date, 161 INDCs have been submitted representing the national climate plans of 188 countries and covering 98.7 per cent of global GHG emissions. The Paris Agreement provides a legal framework for these climate plans.


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