Does the world need a climate conference deal in Paris 2015?
Last week in New York many countries, continents, industries and organisaties responded with ambitious goals and initiatives but no firm pledges during the UN Climate Summit 2014. Remember the promise of China who wants to reduce its CO2 emissions. On the fringes, major corporations trading in agricultural commodities grown on former rainforest land joined governments in signing a declaration promising to halve net deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030!
The meaning of the summit was to identify which steps could be made to stop the climate change. Negotiation about the deliveries and commitments are planned between now and the UN climate conference in Paris at the end of 2015. But do we need a deal in Paris? The EU agreed on a commitment to emit 40 percent less CO2 by 2040.
Meanwhile, Germany, is in a messy transition on climate policy as it burns ever more coal, while shutting down its fleet of low-carbon nuclear power stations. Japan’s emissions are rising post-Fukushima. And Russia, the world’s second largest oil producer, is not about to cozy up to anyone on climate policy.
Maybe the UN needs to reframe the climate goals. Instead of a world deal, the world improves maybe better by letting governments make their own decisions. Many countries planned already actions cutting emissions. The UK for example cuts it emissions decade by decade to deliver an 80% reduction by 2050 from 1990 level! Commitments in Paris are not about burden sharing internationally, but about self-interested domestic energy policy.
The ‘New Climate Economy’s’ concluded in their report Better Climate, Better Growth: “that low-carbon investment is a smarter way to economic wealth than high-carbon investment. It will restructure economies and societies — and even corporations — so that they enjoy better economic growth. There is no longer a burden-sharing downside. It is a race to the top. High-tech and high efficiency equal low carbon.”
The report looks in detail at urban design, energy, and land use, and mentioned that “all countries at all levels of income now have the opportunity to build lasting economic growth at the same time as reducing the immense risks of climate change.”
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