OECD Climate Change

International Programme for Action on Climate

The International Programme for Action on Climate (IPAC) supports countries’ efforts to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, by evaluating national and international policies to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, providing policy advice and sharing best practices.

Through global co-operation, we can tackle the climate challenge together and safeguard our livelihoods.

IPAC support for countries

IPAC offers participating countries a new steering instrument, complementary to and consistent with the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement, to assess progress towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and a more resilient economy by 2050, based on a precise evaluation of national and international polices, targeted policy advice and the sharing of best practices.

Launched in May 2021, IPAC leverages the OECD’s unique multidisciplinary and long-standing experience in evidence-based analysis, and builds on existing data and indicators, policy tools, advice and guidance developed by the OECD family, including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). Given the urgency of the challenge, robust monitoring and assessment tools are essential to ensure actions are effective to deliver on commitments.

Guided by a Technical Expert Group

The IPAC Technical Expert Group (TEG), established from 26 May 2021, is responsible for identifying the small number of indicators used in the dashboard and the annual climate monitor, as well as the broader set of climate-related indicators that will complement the analysis and feed into the country notes. The Group will also identify indicators where additional methodological or measurement work may be needed, and provide guidance for such developmental work.

The TEG is composed of climate experts from OECD member countries and participating economies as well as experts from IEA, ITF, NEA, OECD, and from IMF, UNECE, UNSD, UNFCCC, and Climate Transparency. The TEG participants will bring in a variety of competencies, including both measurement (data, accounts, indicators) and its use in policy analysis and policy-making. The group will convene for a second meeting on 6 July 2021.

IPAC is funded by voluntary contributions from both OECD member countries and participating economies. During the initial phase (2021-22), it is a key component of the OECD Project on Climate and Economic Resilience.

Membership and governance

The creation of IPAC was led by France with the strong support of French President Emmanuel Macron on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the OECD in December 2020. 

Inclusiveness is a key component of the IPAC programme, as climate action is an inherently global challenge. 

Membership in IPAC is open to OECD member and selected countries, which are the Key Partners - China (People's Republic of), India, Indonesia, South Africa - prospective OECD member and other G20 countries.

"France has launched an important initiative at the OECD: I would like us to have at our disposal an additional tool for measuring the delivery of our commitments on climate, which gives each of us recommendations to achieve carbon neutrality, in a way that also supports employment and collective prosperity, and that protects the most vulnerable."

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Contact us

Please feel free to contact the IPAC Secretariat by writing to Ms. Nathalie Girouard, Head of the Environmental Performance and Information Division, OECD Environment Directorate.