OECD to hold free web talk on how to limit global warming

By on 04/07/2016 | Updated on 04/02/2022

The OECD is holding a free live web talk about the implications maritime transport is likely to have on a commitment by almost 200 governments to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

At the Paris climate conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

Governments agreed a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels; to aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change; on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries; and to undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available science.

Maritime transport was not included in the Paris Climate Agreement, yet its CO2 emissions could reach 17% of total global emissions by 2050, the OECD says.

To set out what would be needed to help governments around the world prevent breaking the 2°C deal, Olaf Merk, ports and shipping expert of the International Transport Forum at the OECD, is holding a two-hour web talk at 12:30 EST on Wednesday.

Anyone interested in joining Merk for his talk titled ‘Shipping after #COP21… will we miss the boat?’ should register here.


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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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