The Paris Agreement

Negotiators gather for COP 21 in Paris, December 2015. Image courtesy of the UNFCCC, via Flickr.

The Paris Agreement, reached Dec. 12, 2015, is a pragmatic deal that holds countries accountable and builds ambition over time. 

Here are key resources on the Paris Agreement and events leading up to it.

Summary of the Paris Agreement

Core elements of the agreement include commitments on emissions, adaptation, finance and transparency, and steps to promote carbon trading.

Paris Agreement Statement

The real and rising risks of climate change, and the opportunities of a clean energy economy not only drove the Paris Agreement, but will keep encouraging stronger action and investment.

A Primer on the Paris Climate Talks

From the objectves, to INDCs to building ambition over time and ensuring accountability, we have the answers to questions on the history of the U.N. climate talks, key issues legal ramifications, implications for U.S. acceptance, and the next steps.

Business Support for the Paris Agreement

Businesses started building momentum for an agreement long before COP 21, joining a statement organized by C2ES calling for an agreement that provides clearer long-term direction, strengthens transparency, promotes greater comparability of effort, and facilitates the global carbon market.

Toward 2015 Dialogue

Read a seminal report from the co-chairs of C2ES’s Toward 2015 dialogue, which brought together top negotiators from two dozen countries for a series of candid, in-depth discussions that forged common ground on key issues for Paris.

Legal Options for U.S. Acceptance

This C2ES legal analysis examines whether the Paris Agreement can be accepted by the president under executive authority or must be approved by Congress.

C2ES Blog Posts:

C2ES Policy Briefs:

Video:
Elliot Diringer briefs the Business Roundtable and members of the C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council on the Paris Agreement