Examples of growing climate action: Mitigation

This "good news barrel" features inspiring examples of mitigation for the period to 15 July 2013 to 15 May 2014. For new stories that show that climate action is happening today, check out our Newsroom <unfccc.int>


  1. (Posted 15 May) One of Spain's Canary Islands, El Hierro, has become the first island in the world to be fully energy self-sufficient through combined water and wind power. They're using wind turbines and reservoir turbines to generate all of the electricity for their 10,000 residents. The island also has plans to ensure that, by 2020, all of the island's vehicles run on electricity. Photo by Jose Mesa. bit.ly/PKiVxj
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  3. (Posted 16 April) The European Union’s main climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, says there are currently major efforts to mitigate climate change in progress across the continent. Flagship projects to evaluate and promote solutions are highlighted in their latest report.
  4. (Posted 26 March) A recent study has found that commercial solar power hit grid parity in Italy, Germany, and Spain in 2013, showing that harnessing the sun's energy is a cost-effective way forward for sustainable power generation. It also shows that there is considerable space for ambition to raise climate ambition ahead of the next year's new global climate change agreement in Paris bit.ly/1eOFBX2
  5. (Posted 3 March) China has planted 13 million hectares of new forests, roughly the size of Montenegro, to combat climate change and soil erosion. bit.ly/1gGzcva
  6. (Posted 30 January) Setting a regional and international example, Morocco aims to increase its renewable energy capacity 42% by 2020 and reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels, with the support of the World Bank bit.ly/1b7OBoc
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  8. (Posted 28 January) A further example of growing climate ambition and leadership: Nicaragua expects to generate 54% of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2014 and has set a goal of increasing that share to 90% by 2020 bit.ly/1ckRp29
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  10. (Posted 9 January) Remarkable winds of change in China and India. Through concerted efforts to expand the use of renewable energy -- especially wind power -- both countries are creating more space for global climate ambition! bbc.in/1em6IFG  bitly.com/1gCNZZ4
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  12. (Posted 16 December 2013) Here Comes The Sun: The World Bank says that India is poised to grasp the full potential of solar energy. This would both enable the country to provide cheap and clean energy to millions of its citizens and open up more space for global ambition ahead of the universal 2015 climate agreement bit.ly/1gsE1fk
  13. (Posted 27 November) The furniture giant IKEA is taking big steps towards 100% carbon neutrality by 2020. The company recently purchased a wind farm in Canada, installed Florida's largest solar array and aims to install solar panel on 90% of its US stores bit.ly/1iE1cm3
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  15. (Posted 25 October)  Japan is set to flip the switch on floating wind turbines which will generate over 1 gigawatt of electricity by 2020 nyti.ms/1dqpqze
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  17. (Posted 24 October) Ethiopia shows the way towards clean tech: the country plans to direct a $4 billion investment agreement towards constructing a 1000 MW geothermal power plant, making it a major energy exporter for East Africa. reut.rs/1eUyUAC
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  19. (Posted 16 October) Chile has doubled its renewables goal in order to become less dependent on expensive fossil fuel imports. A new law signed by President Piñera stipulates that utilities must get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025. bloom.bg/1aI8EXf
    Photo: Chilean Ministry of Energy
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  21. (Posted 8 October) The island nation of Tokelau has accomplished its goal announced at the Durban Climate Change Conference in 2011: it is now the first country in the world to produce 100% of its electricity from the sun and other renewable sources of energy. This demonstrates just what is possible ahead of a 2015 global agreement bit.ly/GI6E90