The Climate Group: Lima cannot conclude without a clear roadmap on national climate pledges

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12 December 2014

LIMA - As COP20 enters its final day, Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, reflects on what he has seen in Lima, and expresses concern over the lack of progress in international negotiations.

What we need from Lima is a draft negotiating text for Paris next year and an agreement on the framework for national climate action pledges, which countries are expected to make by March 2015. With only a few hours before the gavel hits, we’ve seen limited progress on both fronts.

“20 years of climate negotiations have shown that deferring critical decisions to the last minute often leads to a bad outcome. Lima simply cannot conclude without a clear roadmap on what the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) should look like; they will be the drivers of any meaningful deal in Paris in 2015. An agreement on the structure and format of national commitments is crucial to build the trust that is still clearly lacking between countries.

“What strikes me most in Lima is the contrast between the stalemate in the negotiating room and the positive discussions happening outside. Corporations are stepping up to the plate, with commitments on renewables, energy efficiency and long-term targets, because they know it makes business sense. Sub-national governments are leading by example with innovative climate policies, as demonstrated by the new Compact of States and Regions. However, none of these initiatives will be able to make it to the next level without the certainty and market signals that only bold national pledges and an ambitious global climate deal can provide.

“Populations usually look to politicians to lead. What we are seeing in Lima is policy makers trying to play catch up with what is happening on the ground. Given the optimism that we saw coming into this conference, failure to deliver a strong outcome here would be a massive missed opportunity. Negotiators and ministers would only have themselves to blame.”


Media contacts

Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, is available to comment on the outcomes of COP20. To arrange an interview with him, or other experts from The Climate Group in India or China, about the international climate negotiations, please contact:

Sylvain Biville
International Head of Media, The Climate Group
T: +44 7792 656 093 -

Beth Woodthorpe-Evans
Media Officer, The Climate Group
T: +44 7912 514 445 -

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. 2014 is The Climate Group’s 10th Anniversary.

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Want to learn more about COP? Over the next week we are releasing pre and post-COP briefings as well as producing COP20 coverage in our news and blogs and on Twitter. Our States & Regions events in Lima can be tracked on hashtag #statesandregions.

And in case you missed it, here's a brief background to the COP20 in Lima and our infographic showing the history of the COP negotiations.


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