What should the UK's climate targets be in the post-Paris Agreement era?
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 28 June 2017
Whole Systems Energy Modelling consortium (wholeSEM) , Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London ,WC1H , United Kingdom
The United Kingdom was the first country to sign binding emissions reduction targets into law in 2008, and has been a strong proponent of global action on climate change for the last decade. However, despite being an early pioneer in developing the legislative framework for deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, the UK has faced a number of challenges in implementing its energy and climate vision.
The Paris Agreement, ratified in 2016, is the long hoped-for global deal on emissions mitigation, and sets out the international framework for deep decarbonisation of the global energy system by the end of the century. Wealthy industrialised countries are expected to contribute more to this effort under the principle of "Common but Differentiated Responsibilities". At a time when the UK is seeking a new relationship with its international partners and the rest of the world at large, this event asks the question: what should the UK's climate targets be in the post-Paris Agreement era?