IPCC Conference of the Parties 21 in Paris reaches an important Agreement

Post date: Mar 1, 2016 2:13:37 AM

Climate change has become one of the biggest agenda items on the international political stage this year. The most important international meeting was held in Paris between 30 November - 12 December 2015

The unanimous Paris Agreement calls for a target to keep average global warming to “well below” 2°C, and includes an aspirational target of 1.5°C – targets that means that fossil fuels will need to be removed from the world’s energy systems by around 2050. To get there, the world is going to have to quickly scale up its actions.

The Paris Agreement also calls for a stocktake in 2018, followed by new pledges, and for this process to be repeated ever five years until the target is met.

It's certainly a good start, but as the world is still tracking towards 2.7°C on current commitments, there's more work to be done to get us to or below 2°C.