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Paris Agreement Coming Into Effect: Reaction From Climate Action Tracker



Climate Action Tracker have commented on the news that the Paris Agreement will come into force.

Bill Hare, Climate Analytics commented:

It is a very positive signal that the world’s governments are bringing the Paris Agreement into force so quickly.

“Now the world needs these same governments to change the policies that are heading towards well over 3°C warming, more than twice the 1.5˚C warming limit set out in this Agreement. 1.5°C-compatible climate policies would benefit both developed and developing countries, bringing substantial gains to their economies, development and public health.

Prof Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute said:

“That the Paris Agreement has been ratified with record speed is a sign that governments are taking it seriously. But this is just the first step. Governments must implement their pledges, increase them, and do all of this as soon as possible – the window is closing.”

Prof Kornelis Blok stated:

“We have the technical capability. The ratification of the Paris Agreement shows that we have the political will. Now we need to bring the two together, by removing barriers and increasing incentives to catalyse the big changes required.”

The Climate Action Tracker is an independent, science-based assessment that tracks government action on climate, measuring it against the globally-agreed warming limit of 2˚C. It is a joint project of the following organisations:

Climate Analytics
Climate Analytics is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany, with offices in Lomé, Togo and New York, USA, that brings together inter-disciplinary expertise in the scientific and policy aspects of climate change. Its activities include: synthesising and advancing scientific knowledge in the area of climate change science, policy and impacts; providing science and policy support to the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in international climate negotiations, and the tracking and analysing the effectiveness of national climate policies globally. Contact: Dr. h.c. Bill Hare, +49 160 908 62463

Ecofys – Experts in Energy
Established in 1984 with the mission of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policy. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges. Contact: Prof Kornelis Blok, +31 6 558 667 36

NewClimate Institute
NewCLimate Institute is a non-profit institute established in 2014. NewClimate Institute supports research and implementation of action against climate change around the globe, covering the topics international climate negotiations, tracking climate action, climate and development, climate finance and carbon market mechanisms. NewClimate Institute aims at connecting up-to-date research with the real world decision making processes. Contact: Dr. Niklas Höhne, +49 173 715 2279

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
The PIK conducts research into global climate change and issues of sustainable development. Set up in 1992, the Institute is regarded as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research and as one of the world’s leading establishments in this field. Scientists, economists and social scientists work together, investigating how the earth is changing as a system, studying the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change, and assessing which strategies are appropriate for sustainable development. Contact: Dr. Louise Jeffery,


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