HOT|COOL NO.1/2016 "COP21"


By Lars Gullev, Managing Director VEKS, and Chairman of DBDH THE COLUMN

AMONG THE MAIN RESULTS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE: • A long-term goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C. • A call to action that can limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C. • The industrialized countries have reaffirmed the promise of contributing $ 100 billion annually from 2020 to the developing countries' climate efforts. With the new agreement on the long-term climate goals we, at the same time, globally reinforce the focus on e.g. energy efficiency, including district heating and cooling. In this edition of HOT COOL we have chosen to hear how three main actors - IDEA, AGFW and Euroheat & Power - look at the world after COP 21 in Paris. Now the toast speeches are over; the framework is set, but in order to achieve the goals it is necessary that we all roll up our sleeves - not next month or next week or tomorrow, but today - it takes time to make the fundamental energy conversion of our society that is required.

Back in 2009, many of us were hoping that COP 15 in Copenhagen would set the framework for an ambitious climate agreement for all countries of the world. However, that did not turn out to be the case. It took six more years - with the implementation of COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 – for a global climate agreement to be made – the “Paris Agreement". First of all, this agreement was a global legally binding agreement on climate change. Secondly, the agreement provides a significant step towards converting the world to emit significantly less CO2. Things take time. The reason why it took six years after COP 15 in Copenhagen is that time must work when the goal is to create a consensus among such different countries. In addition, the preliminary work was also thorough. Overall, this resulted in the Paris Agreement being signed by no less than 196 countries. The enrolled reduction contributions from the 196 countries cover more than 96 % of global emissions. It is, in this context, interesting that the Kyoto Protocol of December 1997 covered less than 15 % of global emissions. With the agreement in Paris, we therefore go from activating the few countries to now involving almost all countries worldwide.

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