By Thomas Bedouet
On this 1st December, third day of the COP21, the world’s leaders have announced a few propositions.
After the (very mediatized) speeches of the Heads of States, most of the work has been delegated to small specialized groups called “spin off groups”. Thing is, those groups are closed to civil society, which make the assessment of their productivity difficult.
In other news:
- A 2 billion euro plan allocated by France to African countries in order to promote sustainable energies. This is part of the 6 billion euro plan regarding the energy sector in Africa. Good news indeed, but it still raises the question of the 4 remaining billions. Will they serve to finance environmentally hurtful project?
- Nicaragua has refused to deliver its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) to the UN. The INDC indicate the efforts each country promises to realize in reducing carbon emissions. What are the reasons invoked by Nicaragua? According to the country, the INDC are synonymous of a geopolitical strategy of climate founded only upon declarations of good will. Nicaragua representatives believe that without a common vision and common framework, the COP21 is just a pure mockery.
- An NGO, Climate Action Tracker, has revealed information about coal. If all the current projects of future coal-fired power stations are realized, carbon emissions would be 400% higher than the threshold of 2°C in global warming. And if all the stations that exist today remain in activity, carbon emissions would (very likely) be 150% too high.