CLEAN TECHNOLOGY ON A GLOBAL SCALE
December 12, 2015 – Today an historic accord was struck in Paris during the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). Consensus across 196 parties from governments around the world was reached, and new guidelines were accepted regarding necessary climate change reforms expected to take effect in 2020. If 55 countries accounting for more than 55% of all greenhouse gas emissions agree to a final accord before August of 2017, then the resolutions will become legally binding to all parties involved.
The accord states clearly the goals of the convention in article 2:
1. This Agreement, in enhancing the implementation of the Convention, including its objective, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty, including by:
(a) Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change;
(b) Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production;
(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development.
2. This Agreement will be implemented to reflect equity and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances.
Each participating country will be expected to set their own ambitious “Nationally Determined Contributions” and the goals are meant to escalate over time. The US had already promised to reduce 2005 emissions levels by more than 25% by 2020, and these accords will require even more concentrated efforts to meet yet stricter emissions goals.
Hyliion is proud to do its part to reduce greenhouse emissions in the US and abroad. If every long-haul trailer on the road in the US adopted the Hyliion system, we could reduce our carbon footprint by a whopping 2%. Imagine how much impact could be created if the whole world adopted similar technologies.
Now that’s a future worth working toward. Feel free to read the full text of the Paris Agreement here.