Lima : A step towards an international climate agreement in 2015 ?

An outline for future negotiations during the Paris conference in 2015.
The 20th United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change took place in Lima, Peru from 1 to 12 December 2014. It confirmed an outline for future negotiations during the Paris conference to take place from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

During the high level segment of the conference in Lima, the IIR’s Director, Didier Coulomb, delivered a statement highlighting the need to diminish HFC emissions with high global warming potential (GWP) in conjunction with the Montreal Protocol. He also underlined the need to improve energy efficiency of installations and to re-evaluate refrigerant performance standards and regulations.

Read all the IIR statements

The Paris conference aims to reach an international agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in order to start on the path to preventing global warming above 2 °C in 2050.

It must also validate national climate-change adaptation strategies and financing for developing countries.

In practice, each country should present their commitment by March 2015, October 2015 at the latest. These commitments will then be studied and renegotiated in an attempt to reach an adequate global pledge during the Paris conference.

One step in the process includes a summit of heads of State and government in June 2015. Likewise, talks will continue on the specific case of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). A subject hardly evoked in Lima, bilateral talks are ongoing and a seminar is due to take place under the auspices of the United Nations Environmental Programme for the Environment (UNEP) in April 2015 with the objective of reaching a preliminary agreement on HFCs before the Paris conference.

See the Summary of key outcomes

Watch this space for updates on UNEP seminar in April!