United Nations climate talks

Breakthrough deal in Paris marks new, more ambitious chapter for climate action

UN Climate talks, COP 21

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In December 2015, representatives of 195 countries came together in Paris and approved a plan to drive down global emissions and avoid the most disruptive consequences of climate change.

The Paris Agreement provides a framework to ratchet up ambition over time: a transparent system for reporting and review, regular assessments of progress, and strengthening of commitments every five years beginning no later than 2020.

Though the Paris outcome won’t deliver all the emissions reductions that are needed, it will speed the transition to clean energy and build a new framework for climate action. Nearly every country in the world, covering almost 99 percent of global emissions, has submitted commitments to take action on climate.

Countries pledging

INDC pledges as of February 2016

Our global climate team has been engaged in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks since the 1992 Rio summit, providing groundbreaking economic and legal analysis. EDF’s staff are experts in U.S. and international climate and energy policy; carbon markets and carbon market design; legal issues in international climate negotiations; internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs); and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

Our team of experts in the U.N climate negotiations include:

  • Nat Keohane Nathaniel Keohane Vice President, Global Climate Areas of expertise: U.S. and international climate and energy policy, global carbon markets, methane emissions from oil and gas, economic impacts from climate change and economics of climate mitigation envelopeEmail Nat
  • Alex Hanafi Alex Hanafi Senior Manager, Multilateral Climate Strategy and Senior AttorneyAreas of expertise: Legal issues in climate negotiations, carbon market design, internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs)envelopeContact Alex
  • Steve Schwartzman Steve Schwartzman Senior Director, Tropical Forest PolicyAreas of expertise: Tropical forest policy, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+), Brazil and the Amazon envelopeContact Steve
  • Richie Ahuja Richie Ahuja Regional Director, Asia Areas of expertise: India, international development, international climate finance, climate change adaptation envelopeContact Richie
  • Chris Meyer Chris Meyer Senior Manager, Amazon Forest Policy Areas of expertise: REDD+, forest communities, Amazon’s indigenous peoples envelopeContact Chris

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