Stockholm 24.11.2018 saw one of the most important seminars on Climate Change with 2 exceptional events – a report from the Club of Rome called the “Climate Emergency Plan (CEP)” which calls on all stakeholders – governments, civil society, business – to adopt an emergency action plan to combat Climate Change.
This column presents a summary of the report which was discussed by one of the writers, Anders Wijkman from the Club of Rome.
“Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between
taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late, and bear the
consequences” – comment from the leading climate scientist Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Club of Rome Member
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impact of +1.5C and +2C warming above pre-industrial levels sent a stark reminder to humanity about the existential threat posed by climate change.
To avoid worst outcomes, global emissions must be cut by half by 2030, and to zero by 2050. This is an unprecedented task, requiring a reduction rate of at least 7% annually; no country has achieved more than 1.5% previously.
The only possible response is emergency action to transform our social, economic and financial systems.
The reports sets out 10 main points with specific concrete policies measures that are set out at length in the report:
1. Halt fossil fuel expansion and fossil fuel subsidies by 2020
2. Continue the doubling of wind and solar capacity every four years, and triple annual investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon technologies for high emitting sectors before 2025.
Rethink Pricing & Growth Indication
3. Introduce realistic pricing and taxation to reflect the true cost of fossil fuel use and embedded carbon by 2020.
4. Replace GDP growth as the main objective for societal progress.
Scale up Transformational Technologies
5. Improve refrigerant management by 2020
6. Encourage exponential technology development by 2020
7. Ensure greater materials efficiency and circularity by 2025
Accelerate Low Carbon Land Use, Mitigation & Adaptation tools
8. Accelerate regenerative land use policies
Guarantee the Human Dimension
9. Ensure we keep population growth under control by giving priority to education and health services for girls and women to promote reproductive health and rights, including family planning programmes:
10. Provide for a just transition in all affected communities:
The manner and priority in which these issues are addressed will obviously vary from country to country, but the overall objective of rapid carbon emission reduction is common.
However, unless climate change is addressed as an emergency, those debates become academic as the opportunity for constructive human development will not exist. Once that threshold is crossed, these frameworks become critically important to the emergence of our sustainable future and a societal renaissance.
The Club of Rome is seeking further partners to support this Action Plan, ensure implementation and accountability.