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wo years ago in Durban, governments agreed to work towards a legally binding emissions reduction
deal to be signed in 2015, and rolled out in 2020. Poland marks the half-way stage of this journey, and
Tit will be an important gauge of progress for the 195 parties involved.

The recent IPCC climate science report underlines the urgency of the situation. It set a limit to the amount
of carbon countries can release if we all want to avoid warming beyond 2 degrees. On current trajectories
that could be blown by 2035. As PwC’s climate policy expert Jonathan Grant observed recently: “For many
companies, the debate about the science is over. They recognise that climate change is happening”.

What should give delegates hope is that it is not diffcult to set out what we need to do. We need to build a
carbon neutral energy system, phasing out the use of coal and gas for electricity, unless carbon capture and
storage (CCS) technology improves.

We need to invest in carbon neutral transport for vehicles, trains, ships and eventually planes. Three; we
need to stop using gas to heat our homes. Four, we need CCS for carbon intensive industries like steel,
petrochemicals, plastics and cement. And fnally – it’s time to address demand, and look at boosting energy
effciency measures.

This year’s RTCC magazine is packed full of great ideas to drive the low carbon revolution forward, from
business, political and economic perspectives. This increasing weight of investment and evidence should give
negotiators the confdence they need to drive an ambitious agreement.

Ed King, RTCC Editor Ed King, RTCC Editor

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