Think tank urges boost to Paris climate plans before signing

Think tank urges boost to Paris climate plans before signing


A leading Dutch think tank has urged a ramping up of the ambition of national climate plans before the text agreed at the United Nations sponsored climate summit in Paris is formally adopted in April 2017.

According to Dutch climate think tank the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) such a move would drive momentum for low-carbon transition.

NZ-wind-farmThe IEECP has urged that nations consider boosting the ambition of their national climate plans ahead of the formal adoption of the Paris Agreement in April 2017.

In a manifesto just published on the IEECP website, the researchers argue an early increase of ambition would boost political momentum for climate action in the wake of the summit.

As part of the UN climate agreement reached earlier last month in Paris, 187 countries committed to non-binding national climate action plans, known as INDCs in UN jargon.

electricity-power-grids-sunHowever, the current pledges are not enough to keep warming under two degrees Celsius, an aim agreed to at the UN summit and would not bring the warming anywhere near the 1.5°C desired by many countries.

As part of the Paris Agreement, parties will have the opportunity to resubmit INDCs on a regular basis, strengthening them further as clean tech costs fall and climate change risks evolve.

Renewable-smart-energy-genricThe first round of reviews is due in 2020, but the Dutch researchers believe countries should act earlier to send a strong message for greater climate action.

The Paris Agreement is due to be formally adopted by April 21, 2017, the day when the official signature book closes at the UN’s headquarters in New York.

The manifesto calls on countries to use this adoption deadline to submit more ambitious climate plans.

world-leaders-Paris-UN-climate-2015“There is nothing to stop each and every country to revise its existing INDC during the Paris Agreement adoption process of the agreement,” the manifesto reads.

“Let’s ensure that the political momentum built up in Paris, involving 150 head of states and prime ministers, does not fade away.

“Let’s start reviewing, revising and strengthening the INDCs,” it further urges.