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About the project

The Paris Agreement saw 184 governments put forward 2030 pledges and targets to begin to cut carbon emissions to limit warming to the agreed goal of 1.5°C (called Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs). These targets are not yet sufficient to reach this goal. At the moment they put the world on a path to approximately 2.4°C of warming.

National governments will need to put forward more ambitious emission reduction targets in order to meet the urgent need to align global trajectories with the Paris Agreement. For many countries meeting these domestic targets will require international support. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)‘s special report on Global Warming of 1.5°C showed not only why governments must act urgently to prevent higher levels of warming, but also how emissions can be brought to net zero by mid-century and stay within the small remaining carbon budget for limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

In this project, Climate Analytics uses IPCC 1.5°C compatible pathways in combination with more recent lines of scientific evidence to show how a selection of 68 countries across all regions and the development spectrum can align their decarbonisation trajectories with the Paris Agreement, and live up to their promises to prevent dangerous climate change.

Funding Sources

The IKEA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. It aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.

Main contributors

The 1.5°C national pathways explorer is a project developed by Climate Analytics.

Project co-leads: Matthew Gidden and Deborah Ramalope
Modelling: Lara Welder (lead), Jonas Hörsch (global pathways), Claire Fyson and Firza Riany (land use and forestry pathways), Tina Aboumahboub (investments in power sector)
Country policy analysis: Marie-Camille Attard (lead), Andrzej Ancygier, Anna Chapman, Kim Coetzee, Nandini Das, Yvonne Deng, Claire Fyson, Sarah Heck, Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter, Chelsea Jones, Winnie Khaemba, Victor Maxwell, Sharna Nolan, Sneha Pandey, Carley Reynolds, Yann Robiou du Pont, Himalaya Bir Shrestha, Claire Stockwell, Raghu Vyas, Ryan Wilson
SDGs analysis: Anne Zimmer (lead), Charlotte Plinke, Jonas Hörsch, Gaurav Ganti, Roufail Mikhaiel, Shalom Udechukwu
Strategy and guidance : Bill Hare and Michiel Schaeffer
Outreach and communications : Holly Simpkin and Ela Smith
Project management : Clare Waldmann
Design and web development : Flavio Gortana and Ingo Tegeder
Technical and research support : Jae Kim


Development and update of additional global 1.5°C compatible pathway variants: IMAGE-team at Universiteit Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences, Department of Sustainable Development, with additional help from PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.


We would like to thank the research teams who have made available the underlying data from global least-cost pathways used in this analysis, namely the following modelling teams: AIM, MESSAGE and the EWG LUT.

We would like to thank the national stakeholders and civil society organisations for their input, reviews and feedback in the development of the indicators and country level analysis.

Sharing license

The 1.5°C National Pathways Explorer content, including all text, figures and data, is made available under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license, which allows others to distribute, adapt, and build upon the work non-commercially, so long as they cite and credit the original version.

How to cite

To acknowledge or cite this work:

How to cite the tool and/or country specific analysis :

Climate Analytics, 2020. 1.5°C National Pathways Explorer. Available at:

How to cite the methodology :

Emissions benchmarks :

Gidden, M. et al. Global emissions pathways under different socioeconomic scenarios for use in CMIP6: a dataset of harmonized emissions trajectories through the end of the century. _Geosci._ Model Dev. *12*, 1443–1475 (2019).

Sectoral benchmarks :

Welder, L., Hörsch, J., Gidden, M., Schaeffer, M. & Hare, B. 1.5°C National Pathways Explorer - Methodology. (2021).
Sferra, Fabio, Mario Krapp, Niklas Roming, Michiel Schaeffer, Aman Malik, Bill Hare, and Robert Brecha. 2019b. “Towards Optimal 1.5° and 2 °C Emission Pathways for Individual Countries: A Finland Case Study.” Energy Policy 133.

About Climate Analytics

Climate Analytics is a non-profit climate science and policy institute based in Berlin, Germany with offices in New York, USA, Lomé, Togo and Perth, Australia. It seeks to empower those most vulnerable – Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries – to use the best science and analysis available in the international climate negotiations, as well as in developing policies and institutional capacity to adapt to climate change. Climate Analytics undertakes extensive research on the 1.5°C temperature limit in the Paris Agreement, evaluates progress on climate action and shows governments how they can act on their policies to keep global warming to this limit.

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