During a presidential trip to India for India’s Republic Day celebrations, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi made major climate and clean energy announcements. India announced that it would establish a goal for the overall share of renewable energy in its energy mix, building on its recently increased solar energy target to upward of 100 GW by 2022; a new wind energy target of 60 GW is also under consideration.
Climate, Energy & Transport
In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to address climate change. As he said, "no challenge -- no challenge -- poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, following is a statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute:
Approximately 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from energy generation, and about half of that energy is consumed by industrial or commercial users.
If a fifth of the world’s emissions come from the energy that keeps the world’s businesses running, how does business report those emissions?
Last year marked an important tipping point: for the first time, half of the global population lives in cities. Cities currently add 1.4 million people each week and this population growth comes with new buildings, roads and transport systems.
Last month India pledged to increase national solar generation capacity to 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, but connecting solar projects to the country’s grid has been difficult in the past and could limit progress toward the new goal. Fortunately, an innovative decision by the Indian state of Karnataka may show how to solve the problem.
The UN climate negotiations (COP20) concluded today in Lima, Peru with countries agreeing on a set of decisions that keep us on the path to reaching a global agreement in Paris next year.
Following is a statement from Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute:
LIMA, PERU (December 8, 2014) – The longstanding divide in UN climate talks over fairness can be bridged by focusing on climate action that strengthens the capabilities of the least well-off and most vulnerable people, according to a new report released today by the World Resources Institute.
Climate change negotiations at COP 20 in Lima, Peru, have reached their mid-point and are moving into high gear. This week will be crucial as talks continue on a draft international climate agreement due to be concluded in Paris at the end of 2015.
Here are three issues to watch.
December 2 press conference at UNFCCC venue to feature a diverse panel of prominent civil society and academic leaders