Choices made today about the types, features and location of long-lived infrastructure will define the emissions profile and impact for a whole generation. Thus, starting today, as we move to adapt policies towards lower greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development, we must ensure that our approach is cohesive and takes a whole-of-government perspective.
Allow me first to express again my congratulations to France for the climate agreement obtained at COP21. This is indeed a historic agreement that will influence the future of our planet. I am particularly proud that the OECD was able to contribute to this milestone!
I am delighted to be taking part in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Ceremony. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this prize; it is a unique event and one that combines three topics which are close to my heart: water, innovation and youth.
We have assembled energy planning authorities, nuclear vendors, safety regulators, electricity market regulators, utilities, bankers and export credit agencies. The perspectives that each of you bring to this conversation is essential in finding new solutions to financing nuclear projects, essential in rising to the challenge of climate change.
During most of the roughly three decades since climate change became a global concern, governments optimistically assumed that a green transition would happen naturally over time, as rising fossil-fuel prices nudged consumers toward low-carbon alternatives. But today, with fuel prices so low, what can be done to change consumption patterns?
The OECD has stood with you on the front lines of the global fight against climate change for decades. Indeed, you may recall that the "polluter pays" principle was spearheaded by the OECD back in 1972.
Cloudy head on climate change? Join the webinar on Wednesday 30 March 2016 from 1-2 pm (Paris time) with Professor Per Espen Stoknes on What we think about... when we try not to think about... global warming!
Remarks made at Session VIII – Green Finance and Climate Finance at the G20 Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting
The IEA is pleased to announce the second event in its new distinguished speaker series, Big IdEAs, which brings global leaders and decision makers to the IEA to share their views on a range of global issues. On Friday 29 January starting at 11h30, Professor Sir David King, the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, will speak on "Towards decarbonising the global economy".
The hard work starts now. The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to cut emissions submitted by 160 countries – even if fully implemented – do not add up to the level of emissions reduction needed to keep the global average temperature rises below 2 degrees. So how can we close this emissions gap?