The project aims to support partner countries with the development and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) through the analysis of the benefits of various sector pathways.


The Ambition to Action project focuses on the synergies between climate action and sustainable development in developing countries and emerging economies.

The Ambition to Action project aims to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change in selected partner countries: Argentina, Kenya, Indonesia and Thailand (Phase I). The Paris Agreement, adopted by the parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015 and ratified in November 2016, commits all countries, both developed and developing, to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate change and reduce its damaging impacts. Each country’s commitment is articulated in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which states the emissions reduction the country intends to achieve as its contribution to the global effort.

Following the Paris Agreement, the challenge for many countries is to translate the emission reduction commitment into effective domestic action. At the country level, the project aims to offer analytical support to governments to accelerate the continuous revision and implementation of their NDCs with a focus on sector-level action plans, primarily through the articulation of the social, economic and environmental benefits of mitigation.

The project seeks to develop targeted methodologies for benefits assessment and focused analyses that can support sector-level planning, engage a range of stakeholders, and increase the feasibility of ambitious sector mitigation pathways in support of NDC implementation. Beyond country support and methodology development, the project provides a platform for international dialogue and knowledge exchange on the state of play of NDC implementation and on key topics related to increasing NDC ambition.

The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Government and consists of two phases: A2A Phase I (2016-2019) was implemented by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) part of TNO and NewClimate Institute in four partner countries: Argentina, Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand. Phase II (2020-2022) is implemented by NewClimate Institute with support from Xander van Tilburg in three partner countries: Argentina, Indonesia and Kenya. Throughout both phases the project team seeks to work closely together with government partners and local experts in the partner countries.