The first-ever agreement to commit almost every country to fight climate change was finalized last Saturday, December 14th, with a goal to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures. The agreement also sets an ambitious vision to go even further than that, to address concerns of small island nations, limits to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) President Lisa Jacobson stated,
What the inclusivity of this Paris Agreement signals, and through what the intended nationally-determined contributions (INDCs) of over 185 countries signals, is that governments are committed to orient their energy portfolios and economic development plans towards a low-carbon pathway.
As reported by Environmental Leader:
The Paris Agreement covers:
Mitigation- reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal
A transparency system and global stock-take- accounting for climate action
Adaptation- strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts
Loss and damage- strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts
Support- including non-binding finance, for nations to deal with climate change
Imperatives weighed against the long term is from President Obama’s opening remarks at the Paris COP21 meetings. It is recognized that there are more immediate concerns to American citizens with Climate Change commitments as long term goals. Energy efficiency reduction goals are easier to support through programs like Energy Codes, energy efficiency tax incentives and Green Building Certifications. The American Business Act On Climate Pledge COP21 also saw private businesses pledge to take action to limit their own emissions including commitments from more than 5,000 global companies that together represent over $38 trillion in revenue.
My work in representing Kingspan Insulated Metal Panels North American led to positioning Buildings as viable pathway in reducing Demand Side (Utility) energy and related GHGs at the Paris COP 21 meetings.. Reducing GHGs with high performance energy efficiency buildings and plants is one opportunity to the building industry by creating jobs and economies while benefiting consumers.
Final agreement resource: http://bit.ly/1QixgyF
By Paul Bertram