Marcus Priest from Sparke Helmore lawyers, will speak on the "Lima call for climate action", at the Australian National University in Canberra, 1pm 30 January 2015.
The Abbott Government will face increased international scrutiny over its commitment to tackling climate change in the lead up to the next United Nations meeting in Paris in 2015. This scrutiny is likely to influence the way the Government implements its Direct Action policy and its proposal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target. That is the key takeout from the Lima conference of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. However, the final outcome of Lima was messy and less than hoped for. This was especially so given the landmark announcement by China and the United States in the lead up to Lima of an agreement to cut or cap carbon emissions after 2020. Despite the high hopes it soon became clear in Lima that one of the key dynamics of climate change negotiations over the last 20 years – the division between developing and developed countries – was again the major sticking points in the talks. This issue now looms large for next year’s meeting in Paris and will need to be resolved if there is to be any prospect of a meaningful post-2020 agreement.My course "ICT Sustainability" starts again at ANU, 16 February.