GNCS Factsheets

About GNCS

The Global Network for Climate Solutions (GNCS) was a network of research centers and institutes seeking to inform future international climate negotiations by grounding them in research focused on concrete solutions and actions. Hosted at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, and with the generous support of the Planet Heritage Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the GNCS facilitated the design of country-based action strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Mitigation Overview

The premise of the Mitigation Program of the Global Network for Climate Solutions was that much can be gained by considering concrete actions countries need to take in order to reduce emissions. In particular, this initiative emphasized targeted strategies based on individual technologies, sectors, and gases. The ever-growing divergence between emissions trajectories and various country pledges and aspirations indicates that the current international process is simply not creating the conditions for the necessary reductions. There is an urgent need for new approaches to foster the international cooperation necessary to make mitigation meaningful at a global scale.


The GNCS mitigation factsheets explore strategies at the level of individual gases, technologies and sectors. They examine both emissions reduction potential and associated costs. These targeted factsheets aim to help policy- and other decision-makers to consider specific mitigation opportunities.

The following factsheets are available for download (pdf):