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Tackling fossil fuel supply

Tackling fossil fuel supply 9 November 2017

It is time for the UN climate process to tackle fossil fuel supply (via Climate Home)

By Georgia Piggot and Peter Erickson

This week, negotiators are gathered in Germany for the annual UN climate change conference. If previous meetings are any indication, the negotiating halls will be strangely silent on one obvious contributor to climate change: fossil fuel production.

Oil, gas and coal production have long been ignored in global climate talks, largely to avoid conflict between fossil fuel producing nations and the rest of the world. In fact, the text of the Paris Agreement on climate change doesn’t include the phrase “fossil fuels.”

This silence can’t continue forever. Evidence shows that we need to slow the development of fossil fuel resources to meet the Agreement’s goals. It’s time for world leaders – through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – to admit the problem and work on the solution.

Now is an opportune moment. UNFCCC negotiators are developing the “rulebook” for delivering the Paris Agreement. If these hard–fought rules for implementing Paris do not consider fossil fuel production now, it is unlikely that countries will revise them any time soon. By that time, it could be too late – an orderly, managed decline in fossil fuels may no longer be possible while still keeping warming below 2C.

But we have options. While the Paris Agreement doesn’t mention fossil fuels by name, it does provide many opportunities to phase–down fossil fuel production – if climate negotiators use the options at their disposal.

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