Paris 2015: a Landmark Conference in the Response to Climate Change

From 30 November to 11 December 2015, Paris Climate Change Conference / COP21 is expected to draw more than 20,000 delegates, observers and journalists to the Paris Exhibition Centre in Le Bourget.

Governments have agreed to reach a new, universal climate change agreement in Paris. The new pact needs to chart a defining path to keep the world and its people under a 2 degree C temperature rise, beyond which unmanageable climate impacts are most likely.


Context: Humanity Can Become Climate Neutral this Century

Humanity must aim for a sustainable future that reflects the scientific reality of climate change. This requires urgent action to peak the output of greenhouse gas emissions, followed by a deep de-carbonization of the global economy towards a goal of climate neutrality in the second half of the century – a point where humans on balance add no additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

There is already a rising groundswell of climate action from governments, business and civil society: new policies, investments, clean energy, and consumer behavior.

The transformation to a carbon-neutral economic, social and political model has already been shown to deliver huge benefits in and between nations.

But the world needs to act faster and at greater scale.