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Climate transparency – activities in six G20 countries

As of: October 2021

The project combines the most critical climate assessments and the expertise of various institutions from G20 countries. Working together, experts use independent, comparable and comprehensive data to show how far the transformation from a fossil to a green economy has progressed in the individual G20 countries. The annual “Brown to Green Report” contains clear information on emission reduction, vulnerability and finances. By using this information for the climate performance of the G20 countries, the project strengthens the knowledge of key stakeholders in Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa, expanding their capacity to initiate ambitious climate protection measures. Workshops, briefings, publications and media reports inform government representatives, G20 stakeholders, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) think tanks and companies about the climate-friendly transformation from fossil fuels to renewable energies (“brown to green”).

State of implementation/results

  • The main virtual launch event for the Climate Transparency Report 2020 took place on 18 November 2020 and was followed by national launch events in Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa (…). The 2020 report includes coverage of the G20 country responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Climate Transparency Report is published annually in cooperation with project partners Germanwatch and others. – The 2020 report has received very good media coverage and was mentioned in over 600 articles in 44 countries. An extensive social media campaign has also been conducted, including graphs, infographics, short animated videos as well as recorded videos with country-specific messages. The Twitter account of Climate Transparency also generated major impact with almost 5,000 visits of the profile and 300,000 seeing the content. Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz provided supporting statements on the 2020 edition of the report.
  • The project network developed the NDC Transparency Check which provides recommendations on what information countries should provide in their 2020 NDC Update to ensure its clarity, transparency, and understanding. In 2020, the assessments of the first NDCs for all G20 countries were included in the Climate Transparency Report. Detailed assessment were published for Argentina, Australia, EU, India, Mexico and South Korea.
  • Further informations on the current project activities are available on the webpage of the project (

Project data

Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa

Implementing organisation:
Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform gGmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Brazilian Forum on Climate Change
  • China Energy Research Institute
  • Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs - Indonesia
  • Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) - South Africa
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina
  • Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication - Brazil

Implementing partner(s):
  • Centro Clima - Brazil
  • Germanwatch e.V.
  • Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR)

BMU grant:
4.049.979,30 €

03/2018  till  03/2022


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