Climate Change

World leaders come together, demand price on carbon ahead of Paris climate talks

Carbon pricing is an effective way to decarbonise the global economy, feel alliance members

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Wednesday 21 October 2015 | 10:53:24 AM

Globally, about 40 nations and 23 cities have either implemented or are putting a price on carbon with mechanisms covering about 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions
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A group comprising state heads, city leaders and international banks has called for an international price on carbon.

The alliance—called the Carbon Pricing Panel—has been convened by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

Regarding the move Yong Kim said, “There has never been a global movement to put a price on carbon at this level and with this degree of unison. It marks a turning point from the debate on the economic systems needed for low-carbon growth to the implementation of policies and pricing mechanisms to deliver jobs, clean growth and prosperity.

The group also includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and California Governor Jerry Brown, among others.

According to the alliance members, carbon pricing is an effective way to decarbonise the global economy, as it provides certainty and predictability to the private sector, so they can make long-term investments in climate-smart development.

A commitment

Private sector support comes from US Institutional Investor CalPERS, ENGIE of France, Mahindra Group of India and Netherlands-based Royal DSM.

These companies will help link business needs with public policies through the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, an action-based platform that will be officially launched in Paris on November 30, 2015.

Globally, about 40 nations and 23 cities have either implemented or are putting a price on carbon with mechanisms covering about 12 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The number of implemented or scheduled carbon pricing instruments has nearly doubled since 2012, reaching an aggregate market value of about $50 billion.

Merkel said, “Low carbon technologies are an element in the fight against worldwide climate change. With a price for carbon and a global carbon market, we promote investment in these climate friendly technologies.

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