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67 TDcroppedThis was indeed a historic UNFCCC meeting, as many of you will have read. It is the best climate agreement since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. The headline message is to limit warming to “well below” 2.0 C (by 2100) and pursue 1.5C, thus needing more mitigation activities, including more CCS. Whilst the emissions reduction pledges in the Paris Agreement are voluntary by each country, they send a political message to each country and to businesses who seem keen to respond, and the national performance to these pledges will be re-evaluated d every five years in the UNFCCC.

Whilst the dust is still settling and full analysis is still underway, our quick summary of the outcomes of COP-21 are as follows.

COP-21 decisions included:

The Paris Agreement, in summary:

Paris CopIEAGHG and our partners at COP were happy to play our modest role in providing information to support the hjosir level agreement (see our blogs from COP), but we all played a bigger role in our work over the years, such that the IPCC and UNFCCC now recognise the need and viability of CCS. We made all this knowledge available at this COP, through the UNFCCC Side-event, the booths, the Special Issue of the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, our reports etc. This seemed to be appreciated.

So this is indeed historic progress, the best climate agreement since the Kyoto Protocol. Let us hope that the policy-makers turn their words into significant and rapid actions.

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