The Paris Agreement Success

InDCs become CNDs – nationally determined contributions – as soon as a country formally adheres to the agreement. There are no specific requirements as to how or how many countries should reduce emissions, but there were political expectations about the nature and rigour of the targets set by different countries. As a result, the scale and ambition of national plans vary widely, largely reflecting each country`s capacity, level of development and contribution to emissions over time. China, for example, has committed to cleaning up its CO2 emissions by 2030 at the latest and reducing CO2 emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 60-65% by 2030 from 2005 levels. India has set a target of reducing emissions intensity by 33-35% from 2005 levels by 2030 and producing 40% of its electricity from non-fossil fuels. President Obama was able to formally enshrine the United States in the agreement through executive measures because he did not impose new legal obligations on the country. The United States already has a number of instruments on the books, under laws already passed by Congress to reduce carbon pollution. The country officially joined the agreement in September 2016, after submitting its request for participation. The Paris Agreement was only able to enter into force after the formal accession of at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global emissions. This happened on October 5, 2016 and the agreement came into force 30 days later, on November 4, 2016.

The United States, the world`s second-largest emitter, is the only country to withdraw from the agreement, a move by President Donald J. Trump that came into effect in November 2020. Some other countries have not officially approved the agreement: Angola, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Turkey and Yemen. The Kyoto Protocol, a pioneering environmental treaty adopted at COP3 in Japan in 1997, is the first time nations have agreed on country-by-country emission reduction targets. The protocol, which only came into force in 2005, set binding emission reduction targets only for industrialized countries, based on the fact that they are responsible for most of the world`s high greenhouse gas emissions. The United States first signed the agreement, but never ratified it; President George W. Bush argued that the agreement would hurt the U.S. economy because developing countries such as China and India would not be included. In the absence of the participation of these three countries, the effectiveness of the treaty was limited, as its objectives covered only a small fraction of total global emissions. Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Glasgow Caledonian in Scotland have invented a tile capable of producing electricity when exposed to sunlight. The success of the solar pavement will depend on the results of the tests carried out at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Paris has succeeded as a new type of climate agreement. The regulatory framework can help make it a strong and sustainable regime, provided it remains true to the Paris agreement itself. Related Content Climate Change Non-Diplomatic Action: A practical guide to the new policy and geopolitics of climate change David G. Victor and Bruce Jones February 2018 Climate Change The Dark Side of Solar Varun Sivaram April 2018 Energy Security India`s Policy and Economy Towards Renewable Energy Rahul Tongia and Samantha Gross September 2018 The NRDC is working to make the Global Climate Summit a success by inspiring more ambitious commitments for the historic agreement of 2015. strengthen initiatives to reduce environmental pollution. As part of this debate, important climate agreements have developed in the pursuit of emissions reductions.