OECD Climate Change

Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches

The Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches (IFCMA) is the OECD’s flagship initiative designed to help optimise the global impact of emissions reduction efforts around the world through better data and information sharing, evidence-based mutual learning and inclusive multilateral dialogue. It brings together all relevant policy perspectives from a diverse range of countries from around the world, participating on an equal footing basis, to take stock of and consider the effectiveness of different carbon mitigation approaches.

Consistent with the principles of the multilateral climate policy architecture as set out in the Paris Agreement, countries use or plan to use a widely varied set of emissions reduction policies – both price-based and non-price-based – as tailored to different national circumstances. To achieve the shared global objective of net zero emissions, the key challenge is to optimise the combined global impact of all these individual emissions reduction efforts. This is what the IFCMA helps to facilitate through data and information sharing, mutual learning and inclusive multilateral dialogue.

By taking stock of different carbon mitigation approaches, mapping policies to the emissions they cover, and estimating their comparative impact in terms of emissions reductions, the IFCMA is enhancing understanding of the comparative impact of the full spectrum of carbon mitigation approaches deployed around the world and their combined global impact. Simultaneously, with its work to identify and address the challenges inhibiting the widespread use of carbon intensity metrics, the IFCMA supports the development of more accurate, timely, and granular carbon intensity metrics, which can play a crucial role in emission reduction efforts by governments, businesses, and consumers.

IFCMA membership

Working together in the IFCMA on an equal footing basis, over 55 members who have joined to date continue to contribute to more coherent and better coordinated approaches to global mitigation efforts. The IFCMA's Steering Group, composed of 12 members, sets the agenda for the IFCMA's meetings and ensures continuity of the work.

Latest news and publications

 

calendar icon blue2 May 2024 - 09:50 – 10:45 CEST (OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, and webcast)
Ministerial Dialogue: Optimising global climate action through data, policy advice and increased international cooperation: the role of the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches (IFCMA), co-hosted by Japan as Chair of the 2024 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting and the OECD. 

Opened by Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, and OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, this high-level dialogue convened Ministers and senior officials to discuss the role of domestic policies and international cooperation in taking forward the outcomes of COP28. It explored how better data and information sharing, evidence-based mutual learning, and inclusive multilateral dialogue through the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches (IFCMA) can support countries optimise the global impact of emissions reduction efforts.
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 IFCMA MCM Side Event 2 May 2024
calendar icon blue 18 April 2024: OECD Report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on the work of the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches - United States  Flyer G20 Report - Washington DC - 18 April 2024
calendar icon blue 28 February 2024: OECD Report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on the work of the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches - Brazil

Flyer for G20 report - Brazil 2024

calendar icon blue 9 February 2024: 1st IFCMA Paper
Towards more accurate, timely, and granular product-level carbon intensity metrics - A scoping note

 

Flyer for the 1st IFCMA Paper: 
Towards more accurate, timely, and granular product-level carbon intensity metrics - A scoping note

 

 3 December 2023: Joint OECD/UNFCCC high-level event at COP28 - 12:15-13:45 (GST) - How can the IFCMA help bridge the gap between mitigation action and ambition?
Agenda

Joint OECD/UNFCCC high-level event at COP28
How can the IFCMA help bridge the gap between mitigation action and ambition?
12:15-13:45 (GST), 3 December 2023
Room Al Shaheen

 14-15 November 2023: Joint meeting of the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches at Senior and Technical levels
         - Co-Chairs’ Summary of the first inclusive multilateral dialogue

         - Co-Chairs’ summary of the meeting

 10 October 2023: OECD Report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on the establishment of the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches

 3 September 2023: OECD Report to G20 Leaders on the work of the Inclusive Forum on Carbon Mitigation Approaches 

High-level launch event

9 February 2023

The IFCMA was launched in February 2023, bringing together more than 600 senior government officials and delegates representing 104 countries and jurisdictions and 9 international and other organisations from around the world, to discuss the challenges facing governments in accelerating the low-carbon transition, and the role that the IFCMA could play in supporting improved data and information sharing, evidence-based mutual learning and multilateral dialogue.

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IFCMA-9-FEB-2023

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An inclusive platform for evidence based learning

The IFCMA supports better understanding of the combined global impact of policies by producing comprehensive and systematic data, information, and tools to analyse the effects of mitigation and mitigation-relevant policies and policy packages on emissions. Its work will support evidence-based mutual learning, enable policy makers to showcase and discern good practice, and help inform future policy decisions in countries around the world. The IFCMA is not intended to serve as a standard-setting body, nor as a forum to “rank” countries.

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Better co-ordinated mitigation efforts through an inclusive multilateral dialogue

A key aspect of the IFCMA’s mandate is to provide a platform for member-driven inclusive multilateral dialogue.
As a “safe space” for peer exchange and mutual learning, the inclusive multilateral dialogue enables countries to consider a wide range of climate change issues in a non-negotiation setting. By bringing together different country perspectives and supporting a common understanding on key issues, the IFCMA can contribute to a globally more coherent and better coordinated approach to carbon mitigation efforts and ensure that the efforts of individual countries help mitigate global emissions and do not just shift emissions to other parts of the world.

Cooperation with the UNFCCC and other international organisations

The IFCMA is working with key international organisations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), World Trade Organization, World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, and International Energy Agency, to build synergies and avoid duplication of efforts.

The consistent and comparable information being generated by the IFCMA can contribute to important international efforts, especially those under the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. The IFCMA and UNFCCC Secretariat are closely working together to ensure that the IFCMA’s outputs are well aligned with the Enhanced Transparency Framework, Global Stocktake and Mitigation Work Programme under the Paris Agreement. In the spirit of this close cooperation, the IFCMA and UNFCCC Secretariats organised a high-level side-event at COP28 in Dubai on 3 December 2023 on how best to exploit synergies. The event was opened by the OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann and by the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Simon Stiell.

Contact us

You can contact the OECD IFCMA team at [email protected]

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