Stride or shuffle at the upcoming Lima climate talks Media Release

Nov 20, 2014 - 1:00am

As nations head into the Lima climate change negotiations later this month, Australia should restate its commitment to participate in a new post-2020 framework that is consistent with the national interest of avoiding 2ºC of global warming, should lay out a transparent process for defining our initial post-2020 target, and boost short-term domestic actions, The Climate Institute concludes in a new report on key issues for the Lima summit.

“As we head towards climate negotiations in Lima, the government needs to catch up with the growing global coalition of climate action recognising the economic threats of climate change and make clear that it will join efforts to keep global warming below 2ºC,” said Erwin Jackson, Deputy CEO, of The Climate Institute, who will be in Lima Nov 30-Dec 12.

“The past few weeks have seen major emitters and the world’s largest economies, from the US, China and Europe, put forth initial post 2020 targets. We also saw important announcements from G20 countries around climate financing for poor countries to bolster their climate resilience and accelerate low carbon development.”

In Lima Climate Summit: Striding or Shuffling to Paris? , the Institute lays out the process for the year ahead of the Paris climate summit, when the new international climate framework will be agreed, suggests possible scenarios for Lima (Stride, Shuffle or Collapse), and considers an appropriate role for Australia.

The report notes that countries representing over 80 per cent of global emissions are implementing policies to meet pollution targets and drive investment in clean energy and low carbon solutions. It also finds that domestic actions are a critical contribution to the international process, as they both make practical progress on emissions reduction but also signal a country’s ambition, commitment and expertise to the international community.

“As domestic actions have increased, some of the past negotiating stumbling blocks have been smoothed over.”

“But while the underlying trends remain positive, the Lima meeting is likely to involve a difficult negotiation process. This is inevitable as countries seek to find the balance between clarity on core political issues in the negotiations: post-2020 emissions reductions commitments, adaptation, climate finance, and the legal form of contributions.”

“We could see a stride, a shuffle, or a collapse of talks at Lima. But there are concrete actions that Australia should take to advance our national interest in strong and effective global action.

“Australia can reposition itself for the Paris summit. Australia should make a clear commitment to a national post-2020 target consistent with avoiding 2ºC, contribute to the Green Climate Fund, and ratify our current Kyoto Protocol commitments. We need to be lifting climate efforts this decade, backed by use of some of the Emission Reduction Fund to support international carbon reductions and regulations on super greenhouse gases.”

John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute, who will be tracking the summit from Australia, added: “At the G20, Australia was shocked by world efforts to begin decarbonising the global economy and shaken by the reality that international climate negotiations are central to progress on prosperity and security. Australia needs to show it won’t be a shirker in global efforts.”

The Climate Institute also launched today its dedicated webpage for regular updates, tweets and resources relating to the Lima COP at http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/news/cop20.html


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Kristina Stefanova, Communications Director, The Climate Institute, 02 8239 6299
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