Global en­ergy lead­ers look to nitty-gritty of cli­mate deal

Business Mirror - - GREEN MONDAY - AP

SAN FRANCISCO—En­ergy lead­ers from coun­tries that pump out 75 per­cent of the world’s cli­mate-chang­ing emis­sions talked on Thurs­day on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris cli­mate ac­cord into ac­tion, in­clud­ing fund­ing the needed global tech­nol­ogy over­haul.

The an­nual gath­er­ing of en­ergy lead­ers rep­re­sent­ing 23 coun­tries and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion was one of their first since December, when heads of 195 coun­tries com­mit­ted to a deal meant to limit fos­sil- fuel pollution that is mak­ing global weather hot­ter and more ex­treme.

With the world al­ready about 1 de­gree Cel­sius ( 1.8 ˚ Fahren­heit) warmer than pre- industrial times, na­tions have com­mit­ted to lim­it­ing warm­ing to an­other de­gree Cel­sius ( 1.8 ˚ F) from now, half of that if pos­si­ble. Con­vened up the road from Sil­i­con Val­ley, the ses­sion was part- cheer­ing ses­sion for the clean- en­ergy in­vest­ment and suc­cesses so far, part dire warn­ing for the work yet to be done.

“The ur­gency of this threat keeps grow­ing,” Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said in a video­taped mes­sage for the en­ergy officials of China, In­dia and other coun­tries in the Clean En­ergy Min­is­te­rial, a global en­ergy-lead­ers fo­rum meant to push re­duc­tions in car­bon emis­sions. “The Paris agree­ment has to go into force as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The United States and China both have signed but not yet rat­i­fied the cli­mate ac­cord.

US En­ergy Sec­re­tary Ernest Moniz and others pointed to the po­ten­tial mir­a­cles of the mun­dane—like more en­ergy- ef­fi­cient air con­di­tion­ers for the 8.5 bil­lion sweaty, crowded res­i­dents that Earth will hold in 2030.

That change alone would save the an­nual out­puts of thou­sands of power plants, en­ergy ex­perts said.

Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants lauded a de­ter­mined na­tional push for LED lights across In­dia, and ap­plauded a num­ber of other coun­tries launch­ing their own LED cam­paigns. “It’s the gov­ern­ment­pri­vate sec­tor part­ner­ship that will ac­tu­ally get the work done on the Paris ac­cord,” Moniz said.

Members pointed to suc­cesses so far. That in­cludes the global econ­omy man­ag­ing about 3- per­cent growth last year with­out see­ing the usual ac­com­pa­ny­ing jump in car­bon emis­sions.

And coun­tries in the Clean En­ergy Min­is­te­rial alone in­vested more than $300 bil­lion in clean- en­ergy in­vest­ment in the same year.

With 2016 on pace to fol­low 2015 as the warm­est years on record, how­ever, “don’t think you’ve got a han­dle on it. Be­cause you don’t,” Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown warned the in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers and tech­nol­ogy mavens.

As much as the world needs cleaner- burn­ing gear, Brown said, it also needs a grim com­ing- toterms with what he said should be a World War II- style mo­bi­liza­tion to cut car­bon pollution.

“The po­lit­i­cal mind is not there yet,” said the Cal­i­for­nia gover­nor, an in­ter­na­tional fig­ure in the cli­mate- change fight. “The hour is late.”

24 The num­ber of coun­tries and the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion rep­re­sented in the meet­ing of en­ergy lead­ers

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