Jennifer Morgan says India renewables target is "stunning" and hopes Saudi Arabia "diversifies its energy mix" in upcoming INDC

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4 November 2015

LONDON: Exactly one month before the global COP21 climate talks in Paris and days following the release of the UNFCCC's INDCs synthesis, Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of the Climate Program, World Resources Institute (WRI), joined us on Twitter to share her expert thoughts and answer your questions ahead of the most important climate negotiations in history.

Prior to joining WRI where she helps countries, governments and individuals take positive action toward achieving a zero-carbon future and is lead representative at international climate meetings, Jennifer Morgan has also been Review Editor for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. So we were keen to hear if the UNFCCC's analysis of national climate plans (INDCs) which came out last week was what she was expecting - and importantly, if she believes the plans will help world leaders agree a binding climate deal in Paris next month. 

We also wanted to know more about why INDCs were introduced for this year's negotiations and how national governments can be held to account through them.

Questions for Jennifer Morgan from our followers covered everything from the expected outcomes of COP21 to the responsibility the international media has in spotlighting the climate talks in Paris to the general public. 

Jennifer Morgan also explained the levels of finance required for the commitments from countries and stressed the importance of having "binding procedures in the binding agreement to hold countries to account and build trust".

The WRI Director then revealed which INDCs she was most impressed by, although she also pointed out that there has not yet been INDCs from many OPEC countries which is disappointing because "they are vulnerable too and need action". Focusing on specific country INDCs though, Jennifer Morgan applauded India's renewable energy targets, which if met, will likely "beat [India's] carbon intensity target and build confidence".

This weekend's 'pre-COP' meeting was also touched upon before we brought the session to a close, sending followers on to WRI's comprehensive global emissions data

Join us on @ClimateGroup and #ClimateTV over the next month to get our exclusive climate leader interviews and daily coverage of activities in Paris. 

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