COP 24 agreed a rule-book: Now to implement and strengthen it

The climate negotiations at COP 24 in Katowice agreed on a rulebook for future. Most of the ‘Paris rule-book’ was agreed, which is a considerable step forward in a highly uncertain political context.The rules provide some rigour, in that upfront information is made more mandatory. And the framework to enhance transparency is detailed, with a good fundamentals on tracking progress, review and starting to include some reporting on adaptation. The global stock-take provides an ambition mechanism – and will include… Read moreCOP 24 agreed a rule-book: Now to implement and strengthen it

Good to have pollution prevention plans to reduce GHGs as priority pollutants – but much room for improvement

Environment Minister Edna Molewa has declared greenhouse gases (GHGs) as priority pollutants and published regulations for pollution prevention plans (PPPs). While it is encouraging to see a system for mitigation (reducing GHG emissions) starting to be encoded in a law, including regulations, the detailed content leave much room from improvement. Identifying GHG as priority pollutants to be controlled, and requiring the reporting and implementation of mitigation measures, are essential elements of climate change policy. So to start with the good… Read moreGood to have pollution prevention plans to reduce GHGs as priority pollutants – but much room for improvement