[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from COP21 from the viewpoint of clean technologies?

Posted by Georg Erdmann June 30, 2015 Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The new bottom-up approach invites individual countries to propose national emission reduction targets on a voluntary basis. These statements had been due to end of May 2015. As far as it is known today, most national emission reduction targets are not rather ambitious. It therefore seems that the IPCC target of limiting the global temperature increase by 2 degrees Celsius will probably not reached. Many nongovernmental organizations and climate scientists conclude that such an outcome of the COP21-Conference will be a failure if the international community of states will not reach an agreement with more significant emission reductions. Also the perception in the media would be rather negative.