Responding to climate change

25 March 2010

The International Energy Agency views the Copenhagen Accord as a step in the right direction. The Accord, reached at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, could be used by countries to guide the next steps towards a legally-binding agreement on climate change.

For the first time in the United Nations, the Accord sets a clear environmental goal of limiting the increase in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. It also provides significant finance for adaptation to climate change and emission reductions in developing countries.

More than 100 countries have already submitted emission pledges. By IEA calculations, these pledges still fall short of the intended 2 degree goal and countries must act quickly to orient their energy infrastructure towards a low-carbon development