Reducing global GHG emissions by replicating successful sector examples: the ‘good practice policies’ scenario

This article shows the potential impact on global greenhous gas (GHG) emissions in 2030, if all countries were to implement sectoral climate policies similar to successful examples already implemented elsewhere. This assessment was represented in the IMAGE and GLOBIOM/G4M models by replicating the impact of successful national policies at the sector level in all world regions.

The first step was to select successful policies in nine policy areas. In the second step, the impact on the energy and land-use systems or GHG emissions was identified and translated into model parameters, assuming that it would be possible to translate the impacts of the policies to other countries.

As a result, projected annual GHG emission levels would be about 50 GtCO2e by 2030 (2% above 2010 levels), compared to the 60 GtCO2e in the ‘current policies’ scenario. Most reductions are achieved in the electricity sector through expanding renewable energy, followed by the reduction of fluorinated gases, reducing venting and flaring in oil and gas production, and improving industry efficiency.

Materializing the calculated mitigation potential might not be as straightforward given different country priorities, policy preferences and circumstances.

This article is available on the publisher’s website via restricted access.


PBL Authors
Mark Roelfsema Detlef van Vuuren Michel den Elzen
Other authors
Hanna Fekete
Heleen de Coninck;
Niklas Höhne
Nicklas Forsell
Takeshi Kuramochi


Publication title
Reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by replicating successful sector examples: the “good practice policies” scenario
Publication date
5 June 2018
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Publication language
Climate Policy
Volume 18, 2018 - Issue 9
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