‘Promises made must be promises kept” as Paris Agreement comes into force

The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 4 November 2016, having crossed by a wide mark the threshold of being ratified by at least 55 countries and by countries representing at least 55% of global emissions.

“The Paris Agreement offers us a world with cleaner air, healthier communities, more jobs and energy for all. Now we must seize that better world - and leave no one behind,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

“Promises made must be promises kept.”

Paris Agreement Ratification Tracker

The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force on 4 November, 2016, having crossed the threshold of being ratified by at least 55 countries and covering at least 55% of global emissions.
The ratification process is continuing, with 92 countries completing this step as of 1 November. Check out progress with Climate Analytics’ Ratification Tracker and see how many more countries have signaled they intend to ratify this year.

Electricity in Africa can be both affordable and profitable – World Bank report

A new World Bank study outlines how Sub-Saharan Africa’s struggling power utilities can be financially viable and at the same time make electricity access affordable for the poor.

Currently, only one in three Africans has access to electricity and for those who do, power outages can be common as cash-strapped utilities struggle to maintain steady, reliable supply because of lack of investment in their aging infrastructure.

Asia, seize the chance for a low-carbon future

Strong leadership and smart policymaking will be necessary for Asia to make the transition to this new world, where lives, livelihoods and businesses are transformed.

On Nov 4, the historic Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force. There are both challenges and opportunities for Asia in taking the ambition of the Paris Agreement to build stronger and more inclusive, cleaner economies - and in doing so, transform lives, livelihoods and businesses across the region.

Energy efficiency gains ground despite lower energy prices - IEA

Economies have needed less energy to grow in recent years, especially in China and other developing countries, but more vigorous policies are needed to achieve climate targets, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report says.

As governments focus on implementing their commitments to save energy and reduce carbon emissions under the recently ratified Paris Agreement, the IEA report highlights the progress made by energy efficiency policies around the world over the past year.