Legal Research Reports: Net Zero Emissions Legislation Around the World: 2022 Update

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Net Zero Emissions Legislation Around the World: 2022 Update

The Law Library of Congress is proud to present the report, Net Zero Emissions Legislation Around the World: 2022 Update. 

This report shows the 57 jurisdictions around the world that the Law Library of Congress has identified as having a net zero emissions or climate neutrality goal enshrined in legislation. The report (table) highlights the most recent legislative developments and reports on laws amended after the COP 26 conference in 2021 as well as recently proposed climate-related legislation under consideration in national parliaments. This includes the European Union (EU) and its 27 member states, where a June 2021 regulation sets 2050 as the target date for climate neutrality. Eleven EU member states have passed their own legislation in addition to the directly applicable regulation, including two that have set an earlier target date. To date, 20 countries outside the EU have passed legislation containing a net zero emissions goal, with five jurisdictions setting a target date earlier than 2050. At least four other countries have introduced or are expressly developing legislation that includes the goal. Three countries enacted laws at the national and subnational level introducing regional goals for reaching carbon neutrality. (October 2022)