Posted on 17 December 2015
In Paris a historic international climate agreement was signed by negotiators from 195 countries, laying a foundation for long-term efforts to fight climate change. But the job is not done yet.
WWF demands immediate steps
In Paris a historic international climate agreement was signed by negotiators from 195 countries, laying a foundation for long-term efforts to fight climate change. But the job is not done yet. We must work back home to strengthen the national actions triggered by this agreement and secure a path that would limit warming to 1.5°C.
The Paris agreement showed once more, that the world is ready for a clean-energy transition. Hundreds of thousands of citizens claimed action on climate change in mobilisations around the world. More than 180 countries brought national pledges on climate action in a moment that demanded concrete commitments from governments, cities and business.
The European Union and its member states worked hard in Paris to speak with one voice and build coalitions with vulnerable countries and did well to support 5- yearly review cycles for emission reductions.
But now starts the real work.
WWF demands that the Paris Climate deal must urgently be complemented with accelerated action at European and national level if we are to have any hope of meeting the ultimate goal of limiting global warming well below 2°C or 1.5°C.
Additionally, the finance for adaptation, loss and damage and scaled up emission reductions should be the first order of work after Paris.
While the Paris agreement would go into effect in 2020, science tells us that in order to meet the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C or well below 2°C, emissions must peak before 2020 and sharply decline thereafter. The current pledges will only provide about half of what is needed, leaving a 12 to 16 gigatonne emissions gap.
WWF therefore asks, that the EU and its member states build right next year on the Paris foundations in order to get Europe on a 100% renewable energy pathway, as critical components of the 2030 EU climate and energy package will be taken forward. The excuse that Europe is acting alone on climate change cannot be used anymore.
In Europe, our 28 member states must now roll up their sleeves and show to the world it's willing to do more on a national basis and go beyond its current greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
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