After key negotiations in Bonn, we're in the homestretch to COP21, the pivotal global meeting in Paris in December where countries will agree on a new international climate agreement. Negotiators made significant progress at Bonn, but a strong COP21 outcome requires a much more vigorous pace.
The upcoming decisions at the Paris negotiations present an opportunity to put our global community on the right path, providing appropriate short-term signals for investors and innovators, as well as a strong long-term signal that guides the phase-out of greenhouse gas pollution.
The risks and opportunities involved in addressing climate change are becoming better understood in cabinet and board meetings around the world.
Statement from Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, on the findings of a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The report finds that $62 billion in climate finance was committed in 2014 by developed countries and multilateral banks towards the goal of $100 billion per year by 2020. This amount reflects a significant jump over the $52 billion committed the previous year, 'represents a significant upward trend in climate finance which, if it continues, shows that the goal of $100 billion by 2020 is within reach.'
We’re now halfway towards the 2020 deadline – set in 2009 – for developed countries to mobilize $100 billion a year in climate finance. It’s essential to show that developed countries are keeping their commitments so developing countries know they have support for ambitious action when countries meet to forge a new global climate agreement in Paris this December. So with five years to go, how close are we to $100 billion a year? And how could we get there?
South Africa’s newly released climate plan pledges to peak national emissions that cause climate change by 2025 and goes further than other countries on adaptation by quantifying what it will cost to adapt to climate change in light of several possible emissions scenarios.
This week Brazil formally submitted its climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The country’s INDC comes on the heels of joint climate change declarations it’s made in recent months with China, Germany and the United States, showing that the country is committed to a creating a successful international climate agreement in Paris later this year.
Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time.
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris in December with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before. But what is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris?
China committed to establish a national emissions-trading program, while the United States announced new actions to help reduce its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Sementara masih menghadapi asap tebal dari kebakaran hutan dalam beberapa minggu terakhir, Indonesia telah menyerahkan rancangan kebijakan iklim pasca-2020, yang dikenal sebagai Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), atau Kontribusi Nasional yang Dimaksudkan. Di dalam dokumen tersebut, negara penyumbang emisi gas rumah kaca terbesar kelima di dunia ini berkomitmen terhadap target tak bersyarat berupa 29 persen penurunan emisi pada tahun 2030 dibandingkan skenario business-as-usual, dan sebesar 41 persen dengan bantuan internasional. Dengan ini, Indonesia telah menetapkan untuk memperpanjang target mitigasi sukarela 2020 dan bergabung dengan lebih dari 70 negara lainnya yang telah mengumumkan INDC mereka.
While dealing with sooty clouds from massive forest fires in recent weeks, Indonesia submitted its post-2020 climate action plan, committing to an unconditional target of a 29 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to a business-as-usual scenario.
Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States marks a spiritual moment that brings an intense focus to the world’s neediest. His arrival comes just as the new Sustainable Development Goals are about to be formalized and three months before the world is expected to unite around a global climate agreement in Paris. This trio of events may signal a profound shift for people and the planet.
The finance stream of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, last week showed a clearer narrative emerge about the key elements that should be included in the outcomes of the December climate summit in Paris.
So far, 56 countries (including 28 member states of the European Union) have submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Reflecting the nationally determined nature of these climate contributions, they vary significantly in form, scope and coverage. Yet a key question for all of them is: Have they provided information about whether they are fair and ambitious?
Country climate commitments and pledges agreed at Paris may not keep warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) by themselves, but by establishing a systematic mechanism to ramp up efforts over time, countries can take collective action to avoid dangerous global warming.
Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Suggestions for the Legal Text with an Explanatory Memorandum offers a detailed framework for key elements of a possible agreement, attempting to balance views and priorities from across the global community.
A new guidance document can help practitioners through the key steps to developing climate action commitments.