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Status of net-zero carbon emissions targets

What you should know about this indicator

  • The net zero status of a country can be one of the following: - Achieved (externally validated) - Achieved (self-declared) - In law - In policy document - Declaration / pledge - Proposed / in discussion
  • The inclusion criteria for net-zero commitments may vary from country to country. For example, the inclusion of international aviation emissions, or the acceptance of carbon offsets.

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Status of net-zero carbon emissions targets
The status of each country's commitment to 'net-zero' emissions. The specifics of this commitment can vary, with some countries pledging to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, while others define this as carbon emissions only.
Source
Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Data-Driven EnviroLab, NewClimate Institute, Oxford Net Zero - Net Zero Tracker (2023) – with minor processing by Our World in Data
Last updated
October 10, 2023
Next expected update
October 2024
Date range
2000–2070

Sources and processing

This data is based on the following sources

The Net Zero Tracker aims to increase transparency and accountability of net zero targets pledged by nations, states and regions, cities and companies. It collects data on targets set and on many factors that indicate the integrity of those targets — essentially, how serious the entity setting the target is about meaningfully cutting its net emissions to zero.

Retrieved on
October 10, 2023
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Net Zero Tracker. Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Data-Driven EnviroLab, NewClimate Institute, Oxford Net Zero. 2023.
John Lang, Camilla Hyslop, Zhi Yi Yeo, Richard Black, Peter Chalkley, Thomas Hale, Frederic Hans, Nick Hay, Niklas Höhne, Angel Hsu, Takeshi Kuramochi, Silke Mooldijk, Steve Smith.

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Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Data-Driven EnviroLab, NewClimate Institute, Oxford Net Zero - Net Zero Tracker (2023) – with minor processing by Our World in Data

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Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, Data-Driven EnviroLab, NewClimate Institute, Oxford Net Zero - Net Zero Tracker (2023) – with minor processing by Our World in Data. “Status of net-zero carbon emissions targets” [dataset]. Net Zero Tracker, “Net Zero Tracker” [original data]. Retrieved June 22, 2024 from https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/net-zero-targets