The Paris Climate Agreement Does Not Impose Any Penalties If Countries Fail to Achieve Climate Pledges

Takeaway: Because there are no penalties for missed targets, we need to pass additional policies to ensure emissions are reduced.
  • The December 2015 agreement does not contain any penalties if countries fail to meet announced targets.

  • The Paris agreement requires countries to increase the stringency of their climate pledges every five years (with no specific amount required).

  • The agreement requires countries to report on progress towards meeting climate pledges.