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"Below 2 degrees": Edenhofer in book on Paris Agreement

04/18/2016 - National minimum prices for CO2 emissions combined with international climate finance could be a way to put the Paris Agreement into practice. This is a key message from Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Director of the Mercator Institute for Global Commons and Climate Change, in his contribution to the book "Below two degrees". The Anthology is assembling quite a number of prominent voices: from the President of the German Environment Agency to Members of Parliament, from NGO heads to the Director of the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. This week, the new publication will be presented by the German Federal Environmental Foundation along with the Federal Environment Ministry's Secretary of State Jochen Flasbarth, who's also a co-author.
"Below 2 degrees": Edenhofer in book on Paris Agreement

"Below 2 degrees?" - cutout from the book cover. Source: Hirzel Verlag

"The Paris Agreement is a milestone for international climate diplomacy - but it's not yet a breakthrough for ambitious emissions reduction," argues Edenhofer. The global cooperation for climate change mitigation needs to be strengthened by introducing effective tools instead of ever more ambitious targets, he says - otherwise, the aim of limiting warming to below two degrees could be at risk. "We're observing a worrying renaissance of coal," says Edenhofer. "Currently, the world is on a path to carbonisation, not decarbonisation." Putting a meaningful price on greenhouse-gas emissions could be an attractive option since this policy does not only allow to avoid long-term climate risks but can also generate short-term revenues for the participating states.

"The G20 are a very promising forum for discussing this matter since they represent no less than 76 percent of the current global emissions," says Edenhofer. "The coming G20 presidencies could substantially advance negotiations about coordinated CO2-prices along with a global climate finance compensation scheme."

 

Book presentation (in German language): Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 12:30-13:30, with Ottmar Edenhofer and other co-authors, at the Deutscher Naturschutzring (Marienstr. 19/20, 10117 Berlin - please register at presse@deutscheumweltstiftung.de)

Weblink to the book: http://unter2grad.de/informations-in-english/

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