You Can’t Have One Without the Other: Ambition and Implementation. Results from Piloting the Climate Transparency Implementation Check
2023 is the year of the first global Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement. With the threat of overshooting the 1.5°C limit looming ever larger, all countries need to raise their ambition to curb their emissions effectively, to a degree that is fair to their development status. But ambitious targets are not sufficient on their own – policies need to be implemented to keep the 2023 targets within reach. Climate Transparency’s new Climate Policy Implementation Check has been designed to assess, rate, and monitor the implementation status of policy instruments along four categories: legal status, institutions & governance, resourcing, and oversight. The Implementation Check assesses specific policy instruments for transport decarbonization in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the EU, and is currently being expanded to cover energy transition policies in Colombia, Germany, South Africa, India, and Indonesia. First assessment results will be published on July. The event will present results highlights in a panel discussion with the authors, and, if possible, policy-makers and negotiators, discuss how the Policy Implementation Check can be made relevant for national and international accountability, and give examples discussing ambition and implementation, and their potential interplay. The following questions will be discussed: • How can be ensured that ambitious NDCs are translated into effective implementation? • Which role should independent assessment and monitoring play in public accountability systems? • Can tools such as the Policy Implementation Check supplement the UNFCCC’s Enhanced Transparency Framework? • What lessons can be learned from our results for better policy design and implementation? We look forward to your participation!