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Climate action barometer launched: experts say outlook is ‘changeable’

Date
19 May 2015
Climate action barometer launched: experts say outlook is ‘changeable’

LONDON: The Climate Group is today launching a ‘climate barometer’ to measure confidence levels in delivering a strong outcome at COP21 and in the low carbon economy.

Launched at Climate Week Paris, which The Climate Group is convening, the barometer shows that leaders of businesses, sub-national governments and international institutions currently give a confidence rating of 33% - or ‘changeable’, according to the barometer. This is broken down as 33.2% for businesses, 38.7% for governments and 27.2% for international organizations. 

The barometer will monitor the response of businesses, sub-national governments and international institutions to announcements by governments such as INDCs, and key events including the G7 summit as well as COP21 itself.

The Climate Group says it hopes the barometer will hold leaders to account, encourage them to deliver a deal in Paris, and help grow the low carbon economy which will boost global economic growth and job creation.

A panel of 50 leaders made up from The Climate Group’s global network of members - which includes major businesses, state and regional governments, influential leaders plus international institutions with which it partners - will be surveyed on whether they think the policies, technologies and finance conditions to support low carbon economic growth are in place. The results will be turned into a percentage rating, as well as a ‘weather outlook’, and published on The Climate Group’s website.

Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, said: “In the run up to Paris, the Climate Barometer will help hold leaders to account, and encourage them to support low carbon economic growth. COP21 has the chance to deliver a huge dividend to businesses and economies, and leaders have the chance to influence that. The barometer will measure market confidence in whether things are going in the right direction.

“Many businesses want an unambiguous outcome to come from the Paris COP21 summit. It will help to give them greater certainty which in turn will encourage them to make the long-term investments and planning decisions needed to deliver at scale.

“The role of non-state actors such as businesses and sub-national governments is going to be critical in the 2016-2020 period in ensuring temperature rises do not go above 2 degrees. Many are already playing a growing leadership role. Members of The Climate Group States & Regions Alliance, for instance, are phasing out coal, investing in clean tech infrastructure, and linking emissions trading systems. Some of the world’s biggest brands are going 100% renewable as part of the RE100 initiative. But for that tipping point to happen, all eyes are on what world leaders say and do over the next few months, and we’re going to be monitoring that.”

All official Climate Week Paris events can be found on the website, available here.

Find out more about our States & Regions and RE100 projects.

See the climate barometer


Media contact

For interviews or media enquiries on Climate Week Paris, please contact Beth Woodthorpe-Evans Media Relations Manager, The Climate Group
M: +44 7912 514 445 - media@theclimategroup.org

 

About Climate Week Paris

Since it was launched by The Climate Group in 2009, Climate Week NYC has become a key international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on bold climate action and low carbon leadership.

The Climate Group is organizing the first ever Climate Week Paris from May 18-24, during the most important year for climate action in history. Through key events, including the Business and Climate Summit, we are bringing the world’s leading companies and policymakers together to show climate action makes good business sense – and how a strong global deal helps build a smart economy.

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About The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. Our goal is a prosperous, low carbon future. We believe this will be achieved through a ‘clean revolution’: the rapid scale-up of low carbon energy and technology. We work with corporate and government partners to develop climate finance mechanisms, business models which promote innovation, and supportive policy frameworks. We convene leaders, share hard evidence of successful low carbon growth, and pilot practical solutions which can be replicated worldwide.

Since 2009, The Climate Group has been the convenor of Climate Week NYC, an annual international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on bold climate action and low carbon leadership. In September 2014, Climate Week NYC hosted 150 events as the collaborative space in support of the UN Climate Summit.

The Climate Group has offices in Greater China, North America, India and Europe.

Please visit www.theclimategroup.org

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Climate Week Paris, which is convened by The Climate Group, takes place from May 18-24, 2015. See the full calendar of events including further Twitter Q&As, by visiting ClimateWeekParis.org

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