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Sep 7 2018

CAIT Paris Contributions Map – Explore Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

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The CAIT Paris Contributions Map enables you to explore, compare, and assess the transparency of mitigation information provided by Parties in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). INDCs are national climate action plans/goals for the post-2020 time period that countries submit to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in preparation for a new international climate agreement. This global agreement is to be completed by the conclusion of the Conference of Parties 21 meeting in Paris in December 2015.

The CAIT Paris Contributions Map will be updated as new INDCs are released throughout 2015. In the meantime, please feel free to explore theCAIT Pre-2020 Pledges Map. which profiles mitigation pledges that countries submitted to the UNFCCC in 2009 and 2010 and are working to implement through 2020.

A map view in the tool allows you to see all countries at a glance, and examine what types of contributions they have put forth, and what sectors and greenhouse gases are covered, among other options. Just click on a country to access a short summary and click on the Detailed View to see more in-depth information. All data on the site is available for direct download, allowing you to do your own analyses. The data is derived directly from documents submitted to the UNFCCC by national governments.

Parties to the UNFCCC are generally referred to as countries in this document.


To enhance understanding and transparency of the INDCs, the content of the INDC is structured according to a list of indicators derived from the Lima Call for Climate Action. Greenhouse Gas Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard and Greenhouse Gas Protocol Policy and Action Standard. These indicators explain the types of the INDCs and other important information such as reference point, time frames, coverage, planning process, and additional assumptions, explanations, and context, as relevant. Below we describe the list of indicators used to structure the mitigation information contained in the INDC submissions. Portions of the definitions are adapted from the GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard. GHG Protocol Policy and Action Standard and the draft INDC Design Guide. The information will be updated accordingly once the guide is finalized and published.

Short description or summary of the INDC as provided by countries. For countries that comminuted actions, detailed information is captured under Actions communicated

INDCs could take different forms: GHG targets. Non-GHG targets. Actions or a combination of targets and actions.

  • GHG targets refer to contributions framed as targeted outcomes in GHG terms (including Base year target, Fixed level target, Baseline scenario target, Intensity target, and Trajectory target).
  • Non-GHG targets refer to contributions that are framed in terms of specific, quantifiable, desired outcomes in energy efficiency, renewable energy, forestry or other sectors, and that are not expressed in terms of GHG emissions or emission reductions.
  • Actions refer to contributions that include intent to implement specific means of achieving GHG reductions, such as policies and projects.

GHG target type

GHG targets refer to desired outcomes framed in GHG terms, including five types: Base year target, Fixed level target, Baseline scenario target, Intensity target, and Trajectory target.

When the primary INDC type is also translated into other GHG target types in the submission, only the primary type is analyzed.

Base year target

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