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CAN is an important, critical voice in the international climate policy process. The network’s regular press briefings and commentary help journalists and their audience make sense of what can be a baffling process, even to those who have been covering it for years.

CAN helps coordinate and amplify the communications work of its 850 members around major international climate processes. CAN also provides an important capacity building role for some members interested in boosting their communications efforts.

You can find a range of our latest resources and releases below:

Bridges Needed from Bonn to Paris

Bonn, Germany - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Midway through the final negotiating UN climate negotiations session ahead of Paris COP21, delegates are settling in to the hard work of discussing the updated draft text of the agreement, delving into the details and nuances of the many proposed options. Expert observers from Climate Action Network provided their perception of the pace and progress of the negotiations. 
In Bonn, countries have moved to take ownership of the text, inserting a more balanced roster of options into the starting draft developed by the co-chairs, but progress in the spin-off groups has been mixed and slow. To achieve a good result by the end of the session on Friday, delegates will need to work more quickly towards multilateral compromise and begin to submit bridging proposals to create a more focused text. The mixed and sluggish progress comes as civil society observers have been barred from observing the negotiations in the spin-off groups, preventing NGOs from contributing their expertise to the process. 

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

"Yesterday morning, we saw rays of sunshine breaking out in the negotiations, but in the last 24 hours, there have been some scattered thunderstorms and some dark clouds on the horizon. If we want to get where we need to be by the end of the week, countries need to move past just re-proposing their well-known national positions, and instead start working hard to craft bridging proposals on as many issues as possible. Negotiators need to earn their pay by actually beginning to build these bridges—not just by continuing to bring more construction materials to the building site.  On crunch political issues where agreement can't be reached here in Bonn, negotiators need to craft limited sets of clear options for ministers to grapple with in advance of or during Paris."

-Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
 

“We appreciate and respect the fact that there is a time when it is appropriate and necessary to close the negotiations to observers, but that time has not yet come. Civil society observers can help facilitate the creation of robust draft Paris agreement by using our expertise to bridge gaps, and provide a voice to the parties least represented in this process.”
-Alyssa Johl, Center for International Environmental Law
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Thursday October 22, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

 
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Sun Shines on New Day, New Text, and New Canadian Government

Bonn, Germany - Tuesday, October 20, 2015: After the tumult of the opening day of UN climate negotiations in Bonn yesterday, expert observers from Climate Action Network (CAN) provided their assessment of a new dynamic which emerged in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) overnight. CAN also reacted to the results of the Canadian election, with the new ascendancy of the Liberal Party and the removal of the Harper government. 
In Bonn, a manageable 14 pages was added to the co-chairs' proposed starting point for negotiations towards a universal climate agreement due this December in Paris. Countries and external observers noted these additions resulted in a more balanced text. Over the rest of the week, negotiators will work to refine the menu of options that will be presented to ministers at upcoming high level meetings. 

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

"After the rocky start to the talks, the clouds have lifted and the sun is shining through. Now we need to water the ground and wait for the flowers of ambition to grow. I’m a Kenyan pastoralist, and what we’ve done here is fertilize the ground. Countries of all stripes have now re-inserted their must-haves so that the proposed draft negotiating text is more balanced."

-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid
 

“We know that the provision of financial support to poorer countries to take their own climate action is going to be one of the triggers for a very successful deal in Paris. While there has been discussions outside of the climate talks aiming to finalize the COP21 finance package, the priorities of the most vulnerable countries - including boosting the money flowing to adaptation support from 16% - were not being addressed. The storm in yesterday’s opening plenary refocused the talks on what is required and it put many of the key options for a fair finance package back on the table.”
-Alix Mazounie, RAC France
 
"It is a great day for Canada and also potentially for the climate. Canadians have voted Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office so we stand ready to welcome Canada back in the UNFCCC process as a country that will take these negotiations seriously. The new government led by Justin Trudeau can show they’re serious by turning its back on fossil fuel expansion and resubmitting a stronger national climate action plan ahead of COP21.”
-Patrick Bonin, Greenpeace Canada
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Wednesday October 21, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

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Scalpels and sutures on the table as UN climate talks open in Bonn

 
Bonn, Germany - Monday, October 19, 2015: Today marked the opening of the final instalment of UN climate negotiations before heads of state, ministers, and negotiators head to Paris in December to finalise what should be a comprehensive and universal climate agreement. 
Ahead of the UN talks, the co-chairs responsible for the negotiations around the Paris agreement have put forward a dramatically shorter suggested draft text on which they hope the countries will begin substantive negotiations. On the opening day, country blocs like the Africa Group and G77+China pushed to add text to the draft because many of their key proposals were dropped by the co-chairs. These "surgical insertions" of critical, concise text will be integrated throughout the day, as negotiations proceed towards line-by-line discussions. 
 
The talks begin against a backdrop of major events like the new finance commitments, Pope Francis' world tour, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's leaders' luncheon, the US-China declaration, and the Islamic Declaration have all contributed to a growing momentum for strong international climate action. This is matched by community and business leaders who are driving the inevitable and beneficial transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy around the world.

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

“It was never going to be a totally smooth process to whittle down the negotiating text; the stakes are so high. Now, parties are beginning to take more ownership of the text–which was inevitably going to happen before Paris. With the co-chairs’ ‘surgical insertions,’ we’re seeing a delicate operation take place, and we need it to be as pain-free as possible.”
-Liz Gallagher, E3G
“We need the countries who have been vocal advocates for strong action outside of the talks to ‘walk the talk’ while they’re here and continue to call for an ambitious long-term goal that gets us to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Central to a strong Paris agreement should be a call to decarbonise the global economy and the inclusion of a robust review process, not just a talkshop, based on five-year commitment periods.”
-Jens Mattias Clausen, Greenpeace Nordic

“The co-chairs’ starting point for negotiations is currently ‘all hat and no trousers.’ There are headings, but nothing substantial underneath. Adaptation and loss and damage get separate headers, which is good, but detail on finance and other mechanisms are vague or missing altogether. This week in Bonn, country groups like the G77 will be asking to see their previous proposals on adaptation and loss and damage reflected in the iteration of the text that goes to ministers at high level events, like the pre-COP meeting in Paris next month.”

-Saleemul Huq, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
Webcast: The press conference was webcast live and is available on demand here:  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_oct_2015/channels/adp211-press-room

CAN will be holding a press briefing tomorrow, Tuesday October 20, at 11:00 CEST. For a one-to-one interview with our spokespeople, please contact Ria Voorhaar, CAN International on +49 157 3173 5568 or email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org.

Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org 

 
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Which Countries Stand to Gain the Most Co-Benefits From their National Climate Action Plans (INDCS) Towards the Paris Agreement

  • As well as bending the curve from around 4degC to 2.7degC expected temperature rise, having a transformative impact  and accelerating the development of stronger climate policies, the INDCS lodged so far unlock a range of benefits for their people. When these national plans to move away from fossil fuels are realized, they will save lives due to improved air quality, save money thanks to avoided fossil fuel imports and they will create green jobs.
  • New research from the NewClimate Institute - commissioned by Climate Action Network and the Global Call for Climate Action - has shown that different countries will tap varying levels of these benefits with their national plans due to come in to effect in 2020:
    • China will save the most lives with their INDC, with 75 per million people not dying prematurely every year as a result of reduced air pollution. Also benefiting significantly from moving away from fossil fuels are Chile (31) and South Africa (25).
    • Chile will save the most money from avoided fossil fuel imports, banking USD146 per person annually, followed by South Africa at USD78 and Japan at USD67 a head.
    • The United States will create the most jobs with their INDC, harnessing a massive 1321 positions in the renewable energy sector per million people, followed by South Africa on 930, followed by China and Chile on 354 and 353 respectively.
  • As climate action is scaled up over time, more benefits will be unlocked. Countries who stand to gain the most benefits from scaling up their current INDCS to be inline with a vision for 100% renewable energy by mid century:
    • India could save an additional 862 lives per million people each year when it scales up action, followed by China on 778 and Japan with 125.
    • The US stands to bank the most cash by scaling up, with an additional USD450 per head going into the coffers every year thanks to avoided fuel bills, followed by the EU on USD267 and Japan with USD208.
    • China could create an additional 990 jobs in the renewable energy sector per million people if it scales up action, followed and the EU and Japan where a 681 and 558 jobs would be added per million people.

To see the absolute numbers of achieved co-benefits per country, please go to the NewClimate Institute website and check out the full reports behind this ranking.

 

 

 

A note on methodology: Countries assessed were: the EU, China, the US, Chile, South Africa, Canada, India and Japan. The co-benefits ranking is based upon the calculation methodologies detailed in NewClimate Institute (2015). These methodologies assess the benefits that would be achieved by the countries’ INDCs in 2030 compared to a current policies scenario, as well as the additional “missed” benefits that would be possible if the countries were to embark on a trajectory for 100% renewable energy by 2050, thus in line with keeping global warming below 2°C and possibly even 1.5°C. The benefits were assessed with regards to three major indicators: cost savings from fossil fuel imports including coal for the power sector, oil for the transport sector and natural gas for all sectors; prevention of premature deaths from air pollution, including all-cause premature mortality associated with concentrations of ambient PM2.5 concentrations; and, job creation through domestic renewable electricity installations, including jobs for manufacturing, construction, operation and maintenance for solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass electricity installations. In these charts, the results are presented on a per capita basis in order to compare the respective impacts of each potential benefit across the countries, relative to their population sizes. Per capita calculations are based upon the projected populations in each country in 2030, according to the World Bank Health Nutrition and Population Statistics. In the case that countries’ INDCs included a target range, or multiple targets for emission reductions, the outcomes for the most ambitious targets are presented in this analysis to positively demonstrate the potential benefits that such a level of ambition could accrue.

 

For more information or for an interview with a spokesperson, please contact:

Ria Voorhaar

Head - International Communications Coordination

Climate Action Network – International (CAN)

mobile: +49 157 3173 5568

skype: ria.voorhaar

rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org

 

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Actual Co-Benefits Figures By Country

 

Country

Annual cost savings from reduced fossil fuel imports (USD)

Annual prevented premature deaths from ambient air pollution

Jobs created in  renewable energy

 

Achieved

Potential

Achieved

Potential

Achieved

Potential

Canada

0

0

100

800

3,000

8,000

Chile

2,900,000,000

5,300,000,000

700

1,500

7,000

11,000

China

0

190,000,000,000

100,000

1,200,000

500,000

1,900,000

EU

33,000,000,000

170,000,000,000

6,000

46,000

70,000

420,000

India

2,800,000,000

197,500,000,000

28,000

1,300,000

50,000

675,000

Japan

8,000,000,000

33,000,000,000

1,500

16,500

0

67,000

South Africa

5,000,000,000

7,000,000,000

1,500

2,700

60,000

85,000

United States

0

160,000,000,000

7,000

27,000

470,000

650,000

Source: NewClimate Institute

International Media Briefing: Six weeks out from Paris, how is the climate agreement shaping up?

With just five negotiating days left before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's (UNFCCC) "COP21" meeting in Paris gets under way, political experts from Climate Action Network (CAN) will brief media on expectations for the international agreement due to be struck there this December. 

The co-chairs responsible talks on the new agreement have released a streamlined draft text designed to spark substantive negotiations at the last UNFCCC session before Paris, scheduled to begin on Monday 19th October in Bonn, Germany.  CAN experts will provide a political analysis of the text against recent developments which saw Heads of State meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York to discuss the Paris package.

What: Political experts from Climate Action Network brief reporters on expectations for the remaining UNFCCC negotiations for the year, which are expected to result in a universal climate agreement in Paris this December.

When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Who

Call 1: 

  • Jens Mattias Clausen, Climate Change Advisor, Greenpeace Nordic
  • Tasneem Essop, Head of Delegation to the UN climate negotiations, WWF (TBC)

Call 2: 

  • Liz Gallagher, Climate Diplomacy Programme Leader, E3G
  • Alden Meyer, Director of Policy and Strategy, Union of Concerned Scientists 

Join:
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please contact us. 

Contact:

Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org,
phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

India commits to reducing 33-35% greenhouse gas emission intensity

[New Delhi, India] Friday October 2, 2015 - With their national climate action commitment, lodged today, the Indian government has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity – the ratio between gross emissions and a country’s GDP  – by 33-35% of its 2005 levels by 2030. To achieve this target  India will ensure that about 40% of its electricity will come from non-fossil fuel sources while it will increase its tree and forest cover to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. 

This commitment from India is a powerful signal ahead of the negotiations in Paris this December which will seek to agree a robust international framework for climate action with the goal of ending fossil fuel emissions altogether, but allowing countries to travel at different speeds to this same end point.  The government has said the new emission intensity reduction targets and adapting to climate change will require approximately $2.5 trillion at 2014-15 prices between now and 2030, and has said that “the successful implementation of INDC is contingent upon an ambitious global agreement including additional means of implementation to be provided by developed country parties, technology transfer and capacity building following Article 3.1 and 4.7 of the Convention."

Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network (CANSA), said, "India, through its announced INDC, demonstrates its willingness to play an important role on the international stage ahead of the climate talks in December in Paris.  India's signal could no doubt be much stronger - going even further to help the international community avoid unmanageable climate impacts - should the rich and developed countries step up and provide adequate finance and technology support.”

The INDC also includes the ambition ‘To better adapt to climate change by enhancing investments in development programmes in sectors vulnerable to climate change, particularly agriculture, water resources, Himalayan region, coastal regions, health and disaster management.’

Harjeet Singh, Climate Policy Manager at ActionAid International said “ The devastating extreme weather events in the last few years have pushed India to recognize its vulnerability and prioritize adaptation to the impacts of climate change. In its climate action plan, India shared how its expenditure on programmes with critical adaptation components has increased from 1.45% of GDP in 2000-01 to 2.82% during 2009-10. It is now focusing on several climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water management, health and protecting biodiversity. “ 

According to India’s submission to achieve the above contributions, India is determined to continue with its on-going interventions, enhance the existing policies as detailed in previous sections and launch new initiatives in the following priority areas:

  1. Introducing new, more efficient and cleaner technologies in thermal power generation.
  2. Promoting renewable energy generation and increasing the share of alternative fuels in
overall fuel mix.
  3. Reducing emissions from transportation sector.
  4. Promoting energy efficiency in the economy, notably in industry, transportation,
buildings and appliances.
  5. Reducing emissions from waste.
  6. Developing climate resilient infrastructure.
  7. Full implementation of Green India Mission and other programmes of afforestation.
  8. Planning and implementation of actions to enhance climate resilience and reduce
vulnerability to climate change.


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CAN reacts to UN SG climate lunch with world leaders

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon today hosted a lunch to discuss climate change with Heads of State from around 30 countries. Leaders exchanged views on what the new agreement on climate change, due to be struck in Paris this December, must achieve and what components it must contain. 

Speaking after the UN Secretary General's press conference on the lunch, Climate Action Network director Wael Hmaidan said:

"The UN Secretary General's climate lunch today - together with the US-China announcement last week - has made it increasingly clear that world leaders are starting agree on the ingredients that will make up a new treaty on climate change due this December. Those ingredients include a goal to decarbonise the economy well before the end of the century, a way to periodically ramp up climate action, a support package to meet that goal and a plan to increase the resilience of communities. This shared understanding bodes well for getting an agreement in Paris that has the potential to send a powerful signal to investors that the age of fossil fuels is over, and ushers in 100% renewable energy for all. The challenge will now be to make sure the ingredients selected are baked into a cake that's robust enough to avoid the worst climate impacts."

At the close of September UN talks, observers leave with call for urgent compromise

Today marked the close of the penultimate intersessional before heads of state, ministers, and negotiators head to Paris in December to finalise what should be a comprehensive and universal climate agreement. 

All over the world, public support for climate action is growing, but progress at the negotiating tables and within the text remains incremental. As heat records continue to fall, and the world is beset by extreme storms, droughts, and wildfires, people are calling for swift action and a strong deal. 

In Bonn this week, negotiators grappled with the new tool produced by the co-chairs to guide negotiations. While not obviously apparent in the text, there was a new willingness by countries to more openly discuss potential roadblock issues in detail like loss and damage, differentiation, finance, and a mechanism to scale up action in the years to come. 

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

"The clock is ticking, and country negotiators cannot just sit and wait until October. They need to find compromises on the key outstanding issues between now and the start of the next session. We need a better mutual understanding than they currently have—ready to build a Paris agreement together that can deliver the action needed for a climate safe future." 
-Jasper Inventor, Greenpeace

"It’s getting very clear that we will get a deal in Paris. The question now is what kind of a deal we are going to get—whether that deal will be a good deal. Right now, the country commitments won’t keep us under 2°C, much less 1.5°C. A good deal will to create a framework for countries to continually increase their ambition, protect the most vulnerable, and prevent catastrophic climate change. This means the deal needs to provide support for poor countries to adapt and develop on a low-carbon path."
-Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid

Webcast: The press conference was webcast live here is available on demand: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_aug_2015/channels/press-room-3
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UN climate talks in Bonn get into procedure, while momentum for action reaches new heights

Bonn, Germany - Thursday, September 3, 2015This session of climate negotiations are moving towards their conclusion, and civil society observers here in Bonn have provided an expert analysis of the progress made to-date in the negotiations and on the state of the text. 

So far, progress on issues have been mixed, with some critical subjects like loss and damage seeing more positive movement than others. And while the state of affairs in Bonn may not show significant progress in the text, there have been interesting developments both in informal discussions and in the broader climate movement.

After the session, ministers are expected to weigh in and provide concrete political guidance on the political issues in the text, in order to guide the formation of a comprehensive and universal climate agreement that should protect people from climate risks and signal the end of the fossil fuel era, due in Paris this December.

On the ground in Bonn, CAN members made the following comments: 

"To the outside, it can look like this process is never getting anywhere. But we like to think of this as a big construction project. We’re building a home for future climate action, and we need to get all the pieces assembled first. But we also have to know that winter is coming, and still don't have a home."

-Jaco du Toit, WWF

"There are still opportunities to make progress on several fronts here in Bonn today and tomorrow, both in developing bridging proposals and textual solutions. After we leave Bonn, the co-chairs and their team of issue facilitators must work to produce a concise, well-organized text that will allow countries to hit the ground running on real negotiations on day one of the next session in October.  We can still achieve the comprehensive, ambitious, and equitable outcome in Paris that the world needs, but there is no more time to lose."

-Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists

"We came here under a dark cloud, thinking that loss and damage could stand between us and a deal in Paris. In this meeting, however, we’ve seen some positive signs that groups are engaging with a collaborate spirit on the issue. Just this morning, we heard two bridging proposals on loss and damage—an attempt to make the text we have on the table more digestible and more owned by the parties—and are now farther ahead on this issue than on some others in the talks. We have a long way to go, but there is a surprising amount of engagement between countries on this critical topic.  It’s inconceivable that the Paris climate agreement – designed to be durable – would not deal with the worst impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable people."

-Julie-Anne Richards, Climate Justice Programme

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Webcast Media Briefing: State of play in UN climate talks

Bonn, Germany - September 3, 2015: As the UN climate negotiations currently underway in Bonn enter their final stretch, expert civil society observers will analyse progress made so far and comment on possible outcomes from the session.

As this session ends, ministers are expected to weigh in and provide concrete political guidance on the key issues like loss and damage, in order to guide the formation of a comprehensive and universal climate agreement that should protect people from climate risks and signal the end of the fossil fuel era due in Paris this December.

At present, ministerial guidance seems to be trickling in with starkly different results for different issues under discussion here in Bonn. 

Please join the briefing to hear more.To ask questions of the panelists, email rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org or Tweet @CANIntl. 
 

Who:

  • Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Jaco du Toit, WWF 

• When: Thursday September 3, 11amCEST

• Where: Room Nairobi 4, World Conference Centre Bonn, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113, Bonn (UNFCCC accreditation required to attend).

• Webcast: The press conference will be webcast live here and available on demand afterwards: http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/bonn_aug_2015/channels/press-room-3

Contact:
Ria Voorhaar, CAN International, email: 
rvoorhaar@climatenetwork.org, phone: +49 157 3173 5568

About CAN:
Climate Action Network (CAN) is a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: 
www.climatenetwork.org

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