A Future Powered by 100% Renewables is Getting Closer as UN Climate Talks Resume

Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

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Creative Commons: UNFCCC, 2015

Creative Commons: UNFCCC, 2015

As negotiators get ready to meet in Bonn for the latest round of UN climate change negotiations, fossil fuels remain firmly on the backfoot and momentum for a renewable energy future is gathering pace.

This week, French energy giant Total signalled it would be the latest energy company to quit coal, Newcastle, Australia – home to the world’s largest coal port – became the latest city to join the global divestment movement, and scientists, activists and celebrities joined the growing chorus calling for strong climate action ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris this December.


Negotiators now have just 10 days of formal negotiations left before the climate summit begins in Paris this December.

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With that in mind, delegates meeting in Bonn have an important task ahead: to make progress on what a new climate deal – to be signed in Paris – could look like, and ensure that such a deal is in line with a long-term goal of phasing out fossil fuels and keeping warming well below the internationally agreed 2DegC danger threshold.

To aid the task, last month the talk’s co-chairs produced a new negotiating text aimed at offering a “clearer picture” of the new agreement.


The next text is split into three main sections. The first includes all of the elements to be agreed in the core, formal agreement, while the second section contains those elements likely to be incorporated into the supporting COP decision. Finally, a third section of the text currently contains everything that does not yet have a home under the other two sections.

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This final section includes many important and ambitious proposals, such as on a long-term goal to phase-out greenhouse gas emissions, a toolkit to allow government’s climate action plans to be regularly reviewed and scaled-up over time in line with this goal, and mechanisms that will allow communities to build resilience and ensure vulnerable countries are given the support needed to take action.

Over the next week, negotiators will be working to lay out their preferences for which of these elements should be part of which section and whittling down the current options into a manageable menu for ministers later in the year.

While work continues inside the negotiations hall to streamline the text for ministers, and laying out the clear options for the 2015 agreement, much of the heavy lifting will be happening outside of the formal negotiations.

Bonn kicks off an important few months for climate action, beginning with a ministerial hosted by the French and Peruvian presidencies following right after the UNFCCC inter-sessional.

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This will come ahead of a host of other high level meetings throughout September – including the UN General Assembly, where leaders will launch the world’s new to-do list to end poverty, injustices and climate change, and acknowledge for the first time that we cannot solve poverty without solving climate change.

These meetings will give ministers the opportunity to provide clear instructions towards further shaping the Paris agreement ahead of the December conference.

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