ANU experts comment on upcoming COP24

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Katowice, Poland officially opening on 3 December 2018.

Ahead of this important gathering, where the “rules” for the Paris Agreement will be discussed, experts from The Australian National University (ANU) – including those attending COP24 – provide their commentary and analysis.

Experts listed below are available for media interviews and contactable on the details provided.

Professor Mark Howden, Director ANU Climate Change Institute

“The forthcoming COP is a critical one in setting the ‘rulebook’ for the Paris Agreement.

Australia is likely to be under some pressure from other nations to play a positive hand due to the Government’s own reports showing continuing increases in our national GHG emissions and that projections of emissions to 2030 indicate reductions of 5 per cent against 2005 levels rather than the 26-28 per cent of the Paris Agreement.

Additionally, the UN Emissions Gap report out today states that Australia does not have the policies in place that they assess are needed to meet the Paris Agreement targets and that our per capita emissions in 2030 are thus likely to be the third worst in the G20 (behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia).

Australia has the capacity to contribute significantly to progress various aspects of discussions especially the transparency mechanisms, capacity-building and finance and to the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’ which is a step towards decisions to ratchet up emission-reduction targets.”


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