Paris Agreement

Solutions to tackle climate change

1000 efficient and profitable solutions to protect the environment from global warming

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Adopted in 2015 at the end of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), the Paris Agreement is the first universal and legally binding agreement on climate change.

The Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, after being ratified by 55 countries - representing at least 55% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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01. Definition

What is the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement aims to keep global warming below a 2°C increase by the end of the 21st century and pursue efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C, according to the recommendations of the IPCC.

Climate negotiations - like most other environmental negotiations - tend to become stuck by the developed versus developing world paradigm. Because these are consensus based agreements, often built on a top down approach, it’s very hard to move forward.

Paris was agreed due to financial commitments (originally a target set in 2009 in Copenhagen) and the fact that each country should develop its own plan to reach sub-2 degree climate change.

As a result, 195 countries made bottom up commitments and will submit updated climate plans called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every five years. NDCs are at the heart of the Paris Agreement in order to achieve its long-term goals. This must lead to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 70 to 80% by the second half of the century.

As well the Paris Agreement text stipulates that developed countries must financially assist developing countries both in terms of adaptation to global warming and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, which requires the expansion of renewable energies.

02. SDG’s of application

What are we doing to achieve the Paris Agreement?

At the Solar Impulse Foundation, we are selecting 1000 clean, profitable and efficient solutions to protect the environment.

These solutions must contribute to the achievement of the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Responsible Production and Consumption (SDG 12).

Our ultimate goal is to bring this portfolio of solutions to governments to encourage leaders to adopt ambitious environmental targets and energy policies, but also implement these solutions which will help reduce their carbon footprint, possibly strengthen their environmental regulations and public policies, and get closer to the Paris Agreement targets.

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Clean Water and Sanitation

Water production, water treatment, water distribution and use

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Affordable and Clean Energy

Clean energy production, energy from waste, renewable fuels, energy distribution and management, energy storage

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Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Industrial processes, materials and chemistry, freight transportation, end-of-pipe industrial pollution management

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Sustainable Cities and Communities

Urban and inter-urban mobility, communities’ infrastructures, buildings and shelters

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Responsible Production and Consumption

Agriculture and farming for food production,circular economy of solid wastes, primary resources management

For the first time a label proves the economic profitability of solutions that protect the environment.

The solutions are assessed by external experts for their technological feasibility, environmental and socio-economic benefits, and potential or realized profitability.

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