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Keys to success of Paris agreement described

The sun rises behind the billowing chimneys of a power station in Berlin, November 27, 2013.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The sun rises behind the billowing chimneys of a power station in Berlin, November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: ENERGY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Washington: In December 2015, nearly 200 countries reached a historic agreement in Paris to limit greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of stopping global warming and it will require more than just the individual efforts of participating nations to meet their commitments to mitigate climate change.

Too often overlooked is the crucial role the private sector, cities, states, regions, and societal groups are playing, and the major investments they are making to help ensure success of the Paris Agreement.

Thomas Kerr, Principal Climate Policy Officer, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, describes the types of monetary commitments, totaling about 11 trillion dollars, that businesses, investors, cities and regions have made to help governments implement the Paris Agreement.

These include switching to 100 percent renewable energy, “decarbonizing” investment portfolios, using internal carbon pricing, and supporting government pricing policies.

With the support of some countries, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and others, “non-state actors” have been able to take an active role in developing and implementing international climate initiatives. Tim Kerr calls attention to some of these and emphasizes the importance of them being well designed and that they have accountability.

The current lack of standardized monitoring, reporting, and verification procedures for commitments by non-state actors hamper adequate assessment and review.

“Tom Kerr’s view from the World Bank Group is crucial to heed as we look ahead from the discussions of the Paris Agreement to the actions needed to curb climate change,” says Jamie Devereaux, Editor of Sustainability. “The Journal is proud to support his message of collaborative action and accountability.”

The Commentary is published in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. (ANI)

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