Nations Agree to Draw Up Greenhouse Gas Action Plans
For the first time, both richer industrialised countries and poorer developing nations have agreed to publish national plans to cut concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The agreement was reached after the recent Lima summit, which finished 48 hours late while attempts were made to pave the way for further measurers to be brought in at next year’s vital climate talks in Paris. There was also broad agreement that richer nations should provide financial support to more vulnerable developing countries as they aim to reach their targets. However, the matter of the legal status of any agreement was amongst the issues that were deferred.
The deal was struck by more than 190 countries, who all attended the event chaired by Peru’s environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. Lord Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, says that if success is to be achieved there is still a lot of work to be done in the coming months. “It is vital that countries put before the Paris summit intended nationally-determined contributions that are both ambitious and credible,” he said. “That means countries must continue to explore opportunities to increase emissions cuts. And they must build into the Paris agreement arrangements for moving purposefully thereafter to increase the scale of action.”
Four years ago, following talks in Cancún, Mexico, more than 100 governments gave pledges to reduce emissions by 2020, making up 80% of global output of greenhouse gases.