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Responding to Climate Change

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 on the next steps towards a legally-binding agreement on climate change.

25 March 2010

For the first time in the UN, the Accord sets a clear environmental goal of limiting the increase in global temperature to 2o 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 (to see IEA comments on the emissions reduction pledges made after Copenhagen, click here). By IEA calculations, these pledges still fall short of the intended 2oC and countries must act quickly to orient their energy infrastructure towards a low-carbon development.
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