CCAP’s Ned Helme Comments on COP21 Agreement
PARIS, France, December 12, 2015 – Founding President of the Center for Clean Air Policy Ned Helme offered the following statement about the conclusion of the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris:
“The Paris agreement is the historic deal we need with an ambitious mitigation goal, strong finance commitments and the ability to hold countries to their promises. While final rules on transparency and measurement, reporting and verification will be decided next year in Morocco, the key elements for the overall package are in place.”
“186 countries, developed and developing, stepped up together before Paris to set individual goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and adaptation that reflect their sustainable development pathways.”
“The Paris Agreement anchors these goals into a global package that may finally turn the page on the bitter debates of the past that put narrow, near-term economic self-interest ahead of climate protection. Paris creates a win-win race to the top.”
“The transformation in technology is profoundly changing how the world will deliver electricity and transportation services. This agreement can propel a new era of on the ground investments by the public and private sectors to achieve the goals that countries have set together.”
“The challenge now before us is to achieve action in every nation.”
Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.
About Ned Helme:
Ned Helme is the founder and president of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP). He is the author of more than 50 key studies on climate change, air quality, electricity regulation and transportation policy. As a leading expert on climate and air policy, he has testified before Congress and international bodies, appeared on numerous U.S. and international TV news programs and has been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times and other publications. Ned serves on numerous advisory boards and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.