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2015 November 27

The Paris Agreement is Adopted

Paris, France

The Paris Agreement aiming to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees compared to pre industrial levels has been adopted unanimously at COP21 conference in Paris, France on 12th December 2015. The ocassion was historic as all 195 countries came together to agree on limiting the use of fossil fuels and shifting to a low carbon economy. In the presence of Ban Ki Moon (UN Secretary General), Christiana Figueres (UNFCC General Secretary), Francois Hollande (President of France) and Laurence Tubiana (Climate Change Negotiations Ambassador) etc., COP21 President Laurent Fabius brought the gavel down to indicate that the agreement was adopted.

WBA congratulates the COP21 Presidency on a successful event. 

Download the agreement here.

You can read more about WBA and its activities below or in our newsletter (for members only). 

Access the WBA press conference 'Contribution of Bioenergy to the future energymix to limit the global warming under 2 degree' here

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.

World Bioenergy Association (WBA) will lead a team of delegates to the conference over the 2 weeks. 

List of delegates:

Week 1 (30 November - 04 December):
Karin Haara, Executive Director, WBA, Sweden
Gustav Melin, Managing Director, Svebio, Sweden
Kjell Andersson, Information Secretary, Svebio, Sweden
Jean Marc Jossart, Secretary General, AEBIOM, Belgium
Isil Uyar, Executive Director, Eurosolar Turkey
Tanay Sidki Uyar, President, Eurosolar Turkey
Hazir Farouk, Assistant Professor, Sudan Univ. of Sci. & Tec., Sudan

Week 2 (07 December - 11 December)
Heinz Kopetz, President, WBA, Austria
Andrew Lang, Chairman, SMARTimbers, Australia 
Hazir Farouk, Assistant Professor, Sudan Univ. of Sci. & Tec., Sudan
Marietta Sander, Executive Director, IGA
Bharadwaj Kummamuru, Project Officer, WBA, Sweden
Isil Uyar, Executive Director, Eurosolar Turkey
Tanay Sidki Uyar, President, Eurosolar Turkey

REN Alliance Side event:
WBA will host a side event along with REN Alliance partners on 07th December 2015 (11.30 - 13.00). Attendees at COP are invited to attend the event 'Integrated technologies towards 100% renewables: Case studies at local, country and regional levels'. More information about the side event here
Download the side event flyer here.

Exhbition stand:
WBA will be present at an exhibition stand at COP21.

WBA press conference
WBA will hold a press conference at the COP21 on 5th December 2015, 15:30 - 16:00. 

WBA initiatives:
As part of our preparations for COP21, we have started various initiatives. You can download the information here:
WBA Declaration from biofuels sector to COP21
WBA call to COP21
About WBA
WBA Svebio paper on carbon tax

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