- African leaders announce goal to add 300GW in renewables by 2030, double the continents current energy output
- New report warns that emissions from currently planned coal projects alone would take the world beyond 2ºC
- Vulnerable countries awarded rare honor by civil society for bold declaration
Demonstrations of political momentum and pressure for an ambitious Paris outcome continued, Tuesday. Most Heads of State returned to their respective homes, though a number remained for bilateral meetings. Among them, US President Obama met with leaders of five island nations. Marshall Islands president Christopher Loeak, described the meeting with hope:
“I need to be able to return to my people and say that we joined a Paris Agreement that gives us hope and a pathway to survival, not one that signs our sovereignty away. After what President Obama said to me today, I am more confident than ever before that we can secure the ambitious agreement we need.”
Others stayed for more major announcements. African leaders unveiled a continent-wide plan to deliver 300 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030. Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Advisor, said:
“This is a game changer for Africa. To put it in context Africa’s current total energy output is 150GW. This would deliver double that amount and all of it clean and renewable.
Government negotiators focused on the draft text of the Paris Agreement throughout Tuesday – working to identify potential bridges to connect their remaining disparate positions.
With the most (and least) ambitious options for the Paris agreement’s key elements all still on the table, our partners kept the spotlight on Monday’s bold declaration by the Climate Vulnerable Forum. Members of the Climate Action Network celebrated the 43-country group with a ‘Ray of the Day’ award – a rare honor only given out when extra-ordinary things happen.
We’re doing what we can to make the Forum’s emphasis – on 1.5decC, total decarbonization by 2050, 100% renewable energy, and proper support for communities hit hardest by climate impacts – serve as a guide for these first days’ energy and momentum as focus shifts to text-based negotiations.
News, links & useful grist that caught our eye
The US announced a US$30 million commitment to help insure vulnerable communities against climate risks, feeding into what Ban Ki Moon described as the ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ equivalent on resilience – A2R: anticipate, absorb, and reshape. The initiative – which saw contributions from France and the Netherlands on Monday – aims to increase early warning systems, access to insurance and inform finance and infrastructure decision-making processes which incorporate climate risks.
The banks Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo made news for new commitments to cut coal financingglobally. Their policy changes follow similar coal financing cuts at eight other banks earlier this year (Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, ING, Natixis, and Société Générale).
The banks’ policy changes may move us in the right direction, but pale in comparison to what’s needed.New analysis from Climate Action Tracker shows that if all coal plants currently in the pipeline were to be built, by 2030, emissions from coal power would be 400% higher than what is consistent with a 2˚C pathway. Even with no new construction, in 2030, emissions from coal-fired power generation would still be more than 150% higher than what is consistent with holding warming below 2˚C.
Thousands of people around the world took part in what’s become a monthly day-long fast for the climate on Tuesday. ‘Fast for the Climate‘ began as a gesture of solidarity with the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and has since grown into a global movement that’s united faith and secular communities to call for just climate action. Isabella Boreson, who took part in the fast, shared the story of her family’s experience in Haiyan with a moving poem.
If you’re in Paris, join our Daily Tck meeting in Observer room 7 at 10am. If not, you can tune in live online. The Daily Tck meeting is a chance for civil society actors from across the UNFCCC to gather intelligence, share tactics and ignite collaboration. You can also sign-up for our COP21 mailing list, where we’ll share meeting notes and resources. Catch the live-stream here.
The Climate Action Network is publishing daily ECO newsletters, laying out their case to negotiators.
To get a better sense of the atmosphere in Le-Bourget, IISD’s reporting service has a number of high-quality images. We’re also uploading video and photos to our COP21 hub, including a video summary of from today’s Fossil of the Day award.
We’ll also keep you abreast of developments in the wider world of climate activism and action at tcktcktck.org.