COP28 : Climate Chance publishes his global assessment of climate action

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COP28 : Climate Chance publishes his global assessment of climate action

According to the sixth edition of the report drawn up by the Climate Chance Observatory ahead of COP28 in Dubai, disruptive technologies such as hydrogen and CCUS are still too marginal in the world and the production of fossil electricity is still not decreasing. not.

Thursday November 30 begins COP28 in Dubai and with it, time to look at the efforts actually made since the Paris Agreement in 2015. On the occasion of this first global assessment, Climate Chance publishes an overview of the actions implemented by businesses, local authorities and civil society around the world to reduce CO2 emissions from energy production, transport, buildings, industry and even waste and land use. If this report is intended to be lucid about the situation, "we will not meet the objective of stabilizing the climate below 1.5°C", notes Ronan Dantec, president of the association, who also highlights the multiplication of initiatives, the transformation of certain sectors and the key role of territories.

“Positive signals exist, even if we do not avoid in this report a very clear trend on a global scale: the standardization of lifestyles on very consumerist models, deplores Ronan Dantec. The cultural battle of sobriety is far from being won." Climate Chance therefore draws up ten major lessons from this assessment, proving that there is still a long way to go. First observation, global CO2 emissions continue to grow despite the Paris Agreement and Covid-19. Likewise, electricity production based on renewable energies is increasing, but fossil production is still not decreasing.

Electric transport close to burn-out

Concerning mobility, Climate Chance believes that the transition to electric remains outpaced by the growing demand for transport. As for the building sector, according to the association, decarbonization policies do not measure up to renovation and construction needs. While innovation is to be welcomed, Climate Chance believes that disruptive technologies such as green hydrogen and CO2 capture, storage and use (CCUS) remain marginal and dependent on fossil industries.

Another lesson from the report, and even a question, is that the carbon sink continues to collapse despite the slowdown in deforestation. Recycling, for its part, seems to be losing ground around the world, but the good news raised by Climate Chance is that new circular industrial sectors are developing, such as reuse on construction sites in France.

It remains to be seen how these lessons will be used by stakeholders, private companies, civil society but also governments. And Ronan Dantec, president of Climate Chance, concludes: " without lucid analysis, it is impossible to define credible scenarios for climate stabilization, necessary to bring about mobilization and commitment to meet the challenges."

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