Greenpeace responds to UN report on climate action plans

Press release - 30 October, 2015
Berlin, 30 October 2015 - Responding to the UN report launched today on climate action offers (INDCs) that countries have submitted for the Paris Climate Agreement, Martin Kaiser, head of international climate politics at Greenpeace, said:

"This is not the best that countries can do, and they know it. What's on offer now would probably keep temperature rises below 3 degrees C. But that's double what the most vulnerable countries are calling for, and would almost certainly over-run the 2 degree target everyone signed up to. That is why we insist that the Paris Agreement sets up a mechanism to get countries to further drive down emissions, without delay.

"The world needs a clear and inspiring signal from Paris that the game is changing. That all countries are taking climate science seriously, embracing the full potential of clean, renewable energy and phasing out fossil fuels. The suggested climate actions do not yet communicate that.

"In Paris countries can still fix this. A strong long-term goal that signals the end of the fossil fuel era and a shift to a universal renewable energy supply, together with a plan to reach this goal, should be part of the Paris Agreement.”

Li Shuo, senior climate campaigner for Greenpeace China, said:

"The UN highlights the clear shortfall in limiting global warming. But there is more to this than meets the eye.

"It's very likely that China, for example, can and will move faster than it's offered, as it's already rapidly getting out of coal and into renewables. It's important that the Paris Agreement incentivises all countries to move much faster."

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Contact:

Tina Loeffelbein, Political Communications Lead - International Climate Politics, Greenpeace Germany, email: , phone: +49 151 167 209 15

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