Le Bourget, Site of the COP-21 Climate Change Conference in Paris
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COP-21 begins in Paris on Monday in Paris and lasts for 2 weeks. Attention of the whole world is focused on COP-21. There is expectation that the Conference will arrive at a decision among the countries to combat Climate Change. SEU has been covering many key pre-COP news events and analyses.
To successfully reduce carbon emissions, nations must embrace a prominent role for nuclear energy: Renewables cannot reduce global emissions to a significant extent.
Globally, nuclear power plants provide one-third of all zero-carbon electricity.
Nuclear Energy Vital to COP21 Climate Goals: (Spotlight)
Majority of Americans say it is important to reach an agreement in Paris to limit global warming: 43% say reaching an agreement is very or extremely important
Yale Survey on Climate Change: (Renewable)
The notion of a ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ demonstrably originated outside the scientific community: There is no demonstrable proof that global warming is in a hiatus stage, experts claim.
No Substantive Evidence for ‘Pause’ in Global Warming: (Renewable)
The voice of Africa is crucial to ensure the success of COP21, said AfDB: Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change, yet it produces only 4 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases
Global Climate Deal Could Transform Africa’s Progress: (Spotlight)
The European electricity sector believes that decarbonization is essential to guarantee the long-term sustainability: EURELECTRIC stressed that market based mechanisms, such as carbon markets, are the most effective tool for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
EURELECTRIC Calls for a Robust Climate Change Agreement: (Renewable)
Paris pledges can reduce the probability of extreme levels of warming beyond 4°C: Further tightening of INDC mitigation efforts can lead to controlling global warming under 20C
Can Paris Pledges Avert Severe Climate Change: (Renewables)
Pope called for the need to adopt low-carbon energy systems and end the "throw-away culture" that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions: COP21 represents an important stage in the process of developing a new energy system which depends on a minimal use of fossil fuels
Pope Francis Calls for Strong Climate Agreement during Nairobi Visit: (Renewables)
U.K. Spending Plan
The plan increases Scotland’s grant, oil and gas subsidies, limited renewable subsidies, and increase for defense and Cyber-Security: The development and sale of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles will continue to be supported, but at a slow pace.
DECC’s day to day resource budget will fall by 22%, as will onshore wind subsidies
Chancellor George Osborne's Spending Review Speech: (Spotlight)
Fifth Carbon Budget
U.K. should commit to an emissions reduction of 57% by 2028-2032, said the report: Emissions have reduced by 36% on 1990 levels and if current policies are effective will be down by 43-46% in 2020.
The Carbon budget deals with steady emissions reductions equivalent to 2% per year from 1990-2014, 3% per year from 2014-2030 and 4% per year from 2030-2050.
CCC Releases Fifth Carbon Budget: (Utility News)
Over 50 UK cities have pledged to run solely on green energy by 2050: London would join the likes of Copenhagen, New York City and Copenhagen by pledging to go 100 % green
UK Cities Pledge to Go Green: (Renewables)