Ed Davey predicts outcome of COP21

Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has predicted the outcome of the upcoming climate change conference in Paris. He said: “My expectation is there will be a deal – the first […]

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Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has predicted the outcome of the upcoming climate change conference in Paris.

He said: “My expectation is there will be a deal – the first ever which applies to all countries.”

He added it will make more progress than expected in actual emission reduction promises and there will be good progress on some of the vital technical areas – especially the “rules of the climate change game”, including accounting, monitoring, review and verification.

Mr Davey went on: “But I doubt my hopes will be realised. We will be short of what is needed – so the real key is this: what are the mechanisms for future – early – ratcheting up of promises/actions? If it’s clear Paris isn’t the final word, that’s a good thing.”

He said key things to watch out for include what India says and what it is actually doing and what is agreed on early action for forests.