Brown to Green Report for Climate Transparency in G20 countries


Transparency in climate actions can be strengthened through a two-level approach:

  • Increasing the credibility of climate assessments: By bringing together the most authoritative climate assessments as well as knowledge and expertise of stakeholders from different fields, a credible, comprehensive and comparable picture on G20 country climate performance is established on an annual basis. This Composite Picture includes easy-to-use information on major areas such as mitigation and climate finance. At the same time, the Composite Picture boosts relevance, reach and impact of individual assessments.
  • Enhancing the impact of climate assessments: By directly conveying vital information to those actors who are central for climate but for whom climate is not always a central concern, awareness and peer pressure is increased among policy-makers in governments and influencers from civil society and the financial sector on a national and international level.

However, an independent globally accepted source of credible, comprehensive and comparable information on climate action of countries is still missing to fasten and deepen ambition towards low carbon economies. This would not only stimulate international and national debate, but also be vital for giving signals to shift investments to support the new momentum provided by the Paris Agreement.

For this transformation process governmental leadership is key to facilitate a market breakthrough of zero carbon technologies and process. Here, the G20 is the most important group of countries. However, transparency on climate action that would increase awareness and peer pressure is still missing in the political arena.

G20 leadership would also strengthen and deepen the emerging post-Paris transparency framework.


TERI is a partner with the Climate Transparency Initiative since 2017 - which is an open global consortium with a shared mission to stimulate a 'race to the top' in climate action through enhanced transparency in climate actions. The group envisions establishing a credible reference point for policy makers and influencers - a valuable resource for media for the benefit of enhanced climate ambition and action, and thereby seeks to support the shift of investments towards zero carbon technologies. Based on relevant data and evidence based analysis, the group is developing the third version of the Brown to Green Report, assessing climate action in G20 countries in the year 2017.

TERI in its attempts to provide evidences to benefit enhanced climate ambition and action is working to develop and contribute to the Brown to Green Report 2017 which is an assessment across the G20 countries.

Key Activities

Climate Transparency and the Brown to Green Report 2017 is made possible through support from the ClimateWorks Foundation, Stiftung Mercator and the World Bank Group.

  • Joint assessment to increase transparency: Jointly develop a credible, comprehensive, and comparable picture on G20 climate performance. The Brown to Green Report covers easy-to-use information on all major areas such as mitigation and climate finance and includes detailed fact sheets on all G20 countries. TERI will contribute to the 2017 Brown to Green Report.
  • Empowering change agents: Activities of Climate Transparency to empower change agents include international and country-specific media work, direct communication with decision makers and G20 engagement groups as well as workshops in G20 countries.
  • Provide input to and review G20 mitigation index (through participation in the review rounds)

Expected Outcome

The Brown to Green Report 2017 provides a comprehensive overview of the G20 countries, whether - and how well - they are doing on the journey to transition to a low-carbon economy. It assesses the main trends for the G20 in emissions, climate policy performance, finance, and decarbonisation. The report summarises and compares the findings presented in Climate Transparency's country profiles for each G20 country (including the EU).

Duration of Project: January 2017 - Rolling project

Project Partners

  • Climate Transparency is an international partnership that brings together experts from Argentina (Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales)
  • Brazil (CentroClima/COPPE UFRJ), China (Energy Research Institute)
  • France (The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations)
  • Germany (Germanwatch, HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform
  • NewClimate Institute), India (The Energy and Resources Institute)
  • Indonesia (Institute for Essential Service Reform)
  • Mexico (Initiativa Climática de México)
  • South Africa (Energy Research Center/University of Cape Town) and
  • The UK (Overseas Development Institute)

Posted on: 17 August 2017  |   Project status: Ongoing