paris-summitIt’s been almost a year since the climate change summit in Paris and Enerteq is looking at how the plans laid out have been implemented in the last 12 months and where they may be heading.

What was the Paris Climate Change summit?

This was a conference held in Paris, last December, where different countries met to make an agreement on the reduction of climate change. It was pushed through on April 26th 2016, when 174 countries signed the agreement and began adopting it into their own systems.

What was agreed at the summit?

  • Limit global increase to 2°C mainly by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some countries called for a target of zero net greenhouse emissions by the second half of the 21st century.
  • Voluntary targets set by each country for emission reduction or limitation.
  • Set new targets every 5 years by agreement at more climate summits when the global situation is re-assessed.

What are the problems with the agreement?

  • The agreement has a distinct lack of enforcement mechanisms – countries decide on what emissions reduction targets to set. If they miss their target, rather than having any serious implications, the consequence is a mere slap on the wrist.
  • As the impact of global warming seems to increase on a yearly basis, a 5 year gap between reassessing the agreement seems too long for such a pressing issue
  • The agreement relies heavily on the world’s most polluting countries to set high rates of emission reduction. Countries such as USA, China, India, Australia, Russia, Canada and Indonesia make up for more than half of the world’s emissions, but have only pledged between 20-30% reductions in their emissions. On the other hand the EU have pledged a 40% reduction of greenhouse emissions by 2030.
  • Donald Trump believes that global warming ‘is a hoax’ and has vowed to end America’s efforts to reduce emissions by cutting the money for their climate change sector.

Will the agreement hold up?

Many of the countries involved in the summit are on target to meet their reduction goals. However, many of these were set before the conference. The question is, if the agreement is enough? In reality more rules and penalties should have been put in place in order to ensure countries are motivated to achieve their goals.
In a year which is shaping up to be the warmest since records began, governments should be looking to make a concerted effort to combat climate change in future. Enerteq believes this could involve working with current energy providers to ensure they begin to switch their focus to renewable sources of power production.

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