Paris Summit Meeting – December 2015

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Between 30th November and 11th December the Governments of 196 countries will be meeting in Paris to attempt to reach a new global agreement on climate change and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

The importance of this meeting cannot be underestimated with many scientists warning that if greenhouse emissions continue to rise at the rate they are, then the World will pass the threshold at which global warming becomes catastrophic and irreversible. The estimated threshold is 2C above pre-industrial levels; however it’s believed we are already heading for a 5C increase. This may not sound like much, however this slight change will result in catastrophic changes to the World in which we live.

The agreement reached in Paris should establish a framework to build on, in order to reduce the overall global emissions, with a clear and long term goal. Reacting to this, Andrew Sheldon, Founder and MD of Ice Energy, said: “It is clear that it has been realised on a global scale that action needs to be put into place in order to halt climate change. However, whilst the World Leaders do their part, the general public can also do their part too. At Ice Energy we provide Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps which can reduce your energy bills, provide you with more efficient heating, and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that we emit into the air, thanks to their reliance on renewable energy rather than harmful fossil fuels.”

The biggest question on your lips is most probably, what is actually likely to be agreed in Paris? The UN believes that these national climate plans, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) will be what forms a global treaty on climate change, and that will be agreed in Paris.

UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, said the plans were an excellent first step: "The INDCs have the capability of limiting the forecast temperature rise to around 2.7C by 2100, by no means enough but a lot lower than the estimated four, five, or more degrees of warming projected by many prior to the INDCs."

The facts keep adding up, a 2. 7C increase is still too high, thus showing more still needs to be done to get the temperature increase below that 2C threshold. Renewable Heat generated in Scotland has risen by 36% in 2014, which is a massive increase on the Scottish Government target of 11%. More nations need to take note from what Scotland has achieved; take action, increase the amount of renewable heat they produce, and therefore reduce the overall carbon emissions.

For further reading, please follow the links below:

http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/resources/Paris%202015-getting%20a%20global%20agreement%20on%20climate%20change.pdf

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34668957