FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2016
Contact: Laura Tierney
Paris Agreement’s Entry into Force Sets Stage for Global Clean Energy Transformation
Washington, DC – Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, offered the following statement on the Paris Agreement’s official entry into force. This significant diplomatic achievement occurs just days before the global community reconvenes for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, November 7-18, 2016.
“The entry into force of the Paris Agreement marks a new era of climate action and signals a wholesale transformation of our energy sector.
“An essential building block of this energy transformation is the utilization of a diverse portfolio of existing clean energy technologies and resources. This portfolio includes carbon capture utilization and storage; demand-side and supply-side energy efficiency in buildings, utilities and transportation; energy storage; grid modernization; natural gas; and renewable energy resources (biomass, biogas, geothermal, hydropower, solar, waste-to-energy and wind).
“By shifting towards a diversified, clean energy portfolio, countries will gain not only emissions reduction benefits, but also increased resilience, energy security and health benefits as well.
“The Council applauds the political leadership which delivered the Paris Agreement’s early entry into legal force. BCSE’s clean energy coalition looks forward to working with national leaders to help further develop and implement countries’ nationally determined contributions and to help them meet their mitigation and adaptation goals.”
The Council is leading a delegation to COP 22 in Marrakech next week, please visit http://www.bcse.org/cop22 to learn more about the delegation and the BCSE activities.
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