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The Paris Agreement: 10 Key Takeaways for the Global Energy Landscape
04 January 2016

The Paris Agreement: 10 Key Takeaways for the Global Energy Landscape

Rocky Mountain Institute 18 December, 2015.

Last Saturday in Paris, after two weeks of intense negotiations, delegates from nearly 200 countries approved a historic agreement to address climate change. With a small team from RMI, we were part of the so-called COP (Conference of Parties), and followed the negotiations from close up. In our mind, the Paris agreement represents a tremendous breakthrough in the fight against climate change. The deal struck in Paris represents a substantially better outcome than expected, and I—along with many others—was ecstatic with the agreement’s explicit goal to keep the global temperature rise well below 2°C by 2100, pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C, and aim for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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