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International climate action: priorities for the next agreement

 

This research paper identifies key priorities for international co-operation on climate change that will encourage greater national emissions reductions.

Strong international action to reduce emissions is in every country’s interest, including Australia’s. This action will reduce the risks and likely impacts of climate change.

This research paper identifies key priorities for international co-operation on climate change that will encourage greater national emissions reductions. The international community is now negotiating a post-2020 framework for global climate action. The key parts of the post-2020 framework are planned to be agreed in Paris at the end of 2015.

The best measure of the success of the Paris meeting will be the extent to which it encourages and inspires stronger national action to reduce emissions through time.

Priorities for an effective post-2020 framework include:

  • Continued commitment to a collective goal that limits global warming to 2°C or below
  • All major emitting countries putting forward nationally determined targets and information that allows for clear comparison with others’ efforts.
  • Agreement on a common framework for tracking emissions and progress
  • Greater clarity and transparency for the international trade of emissions units
  • Regular reviews of collective and individual efforts to reduce emissions, which can enhance transparency and promote greater effort.

The paper does not make recommendations to government.

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