What does the Paris Agreement mean for climate policy in the Netherlands?
The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, calls for increased ambition by all nations worldwide in order to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial temperature and to pursue efforts of limiting it to 1.5°C. This would be in line with what climate science tells us is needed to avoid potentially catastrophic environmental consequences. In this short analysis, translate the global ambition of the Paris Agreement into concrete sectoral targets applicable to the Netherlands. This is done by comparing projected pathways of climate-relevant indicators from various authoritative literature sources to what would be needed in order to be compatible with the Paris Agreement’s long-term goals.