Just about one year before the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the US and China have agreed on targets and measures for the reduction of CO2 emissions. This is considered a breakthrough and possibly exemplary for the international climate negotiations in Paris in December 2015. This bilateral agreement to reduce CO2 emissions and to expand energy production from renewable sources offers new chances for a just and globally effective treaty. One central element is the signal that restructuring the global energy system towards a low-carbon system is possible.
Jairam Ramesh, the former Minister for Rural Development and Environment Minister (2009 –2011) of India, will discuss the meaning and consequences of this agreement for the climate policy of the G-77 and China as well as for India. The lecture will take place at the IASS on December 16th, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please let us know whether you would like to attend via Jana.Fasheh@iass-potsdam.de.