COP 21 marked a watershed moment for global cooperation to tackle climate change, and the Paris Agreement has been hailed as a ‘game changer’ by many. Nevertheless, four years before the Agreement is implemented, some important issues remain unresolved and a number have emerged. Beyond the negotiations, could low fossil fuel prices and a fragile global economy weaken the resolve of governments to deliver, or over-deliver, on their commitments?
This conference will explore issues including:
- The implications of the Paris outcome for capital investment, innovation and planning in the public and private sectors;
- Dynamics within and between the major emitters and the prospects for greater near-term ambition, including potential outcomes of the 2016 US presidential election;
- The outlook for hydrocarbon prices and the implications for low-carbon policies in developed and developing countries;
- How $1 trillion of investment in clean energy can be mobilized;
- The feasibility and implications of a major effort to develop carbon sinks and negative emissions technologies.