Lord Bourne: UK expects three things from COP21

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said the UK is looking for three main things from the upcoming climate conference in Paris. He said firstly: “We need a regular period of review.” This […]

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Energy Minister Lord Bourne said the UK is looking for three main things from the upcoming climate conference in Paris.

He said firstly: “We need a regular period of review.” This will allow progress and international climate change contributions to be assessed on a regular basis, he added.

Lord Bourne went on to say this will be helpful to “take account of innovation, developments in technology and the falling costs of deployment”.

It will also mean the latest science advances and impacts “can be considered” and will help “ensure that [we] can keep our below two degrees goal within reach”, he said.

He added the second gain should be “a long term goal which gives confidence, clarity and certainty to business and investors.

Finally, there is a “need for legally binding rules”, he said and that these rules must “provide accountability” and “help level the playing field for business”.

The Minister said they must also “provide assurance that governments will deliver what they have promised”.

This week finance ministers were urged to “up their efforts for COP21″.