Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Pledges by Selected Countries: Nationally Determined Contributions and Net-Zero Legislation [October 26, 2021]   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Summary: "Human-related emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) have increased globally over time. These increasing emissions contribute to a changing climate, which is a concern for governments, organizations, and other stakeholders. Many governments are taking steps to reduce GHG emissions in an effort to lessen the potential impacts of climate change. Two ways in which national governments are making efforts to reduce GHG emissions are by setting emission reduction targets in updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and by enacting domestic legislation aimed at achieving net-zero emissions, referred to as net-zero legislation. Netzero emissions or net-zero refers to situations where human-caused GHG emissions are balanced by removal of GHG from the atmosphere, including by natural storage in forests and other ecosystems as well as by technological removal and storage. [...] Several bills proposing net-zero emissions goals for the United States have been introduced in recent Congresses. Discussion of legislative proposals for U.S. net-zero emissions is beyond the scope of this analysis."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46945
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