GRFA Hails the Implementation of the World’s First Legally Binding Climate Agreement
(Toronto) Today, Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), celebrated the entry into force of the Paris Agreement reached at COP21. The agreement, signed by nearly 200 countries, is the first enforceable accord setting targets to curb global carbon emissions and limit global warming to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.
“Today’s legally binding agreement is a historic first and includes many of the world’s largest national economies, covering the majority of global carbon emissions.” Baker said. “This commitment demonstrates the urgency of immediate action to begin the transition to a low-carbon global economy.” Baker added.
The transport sector is estimated to represent 25-30% of global emissions and currently has the lowest renewable energy share of any sector, offering opportunities for forward-thinking government policy to significantly reduce emissions. The use of ethanol as a carbon offsetting transport fuel alternative is a cost effective and immediately available option for action on emissions from this sector. In 2014 alone, total GHG emission reductions from global ethanol production and use was 169 million tonnes CO2 equivalent.
GRFA members are committed to the fight against climate change through the development of new technologies and best practices, in order to produce renewable fuels with the smallest possible footprint. Its member organizations have extended an offer to signatories of the Paris Agreement to provide expert and technical support to countries in the development of policy to achieve these goals. Nearly 60 countries already have biofuels-supportive policies in place, or included biofuels as part of their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) plans submitted at COP21.
“The implementation of the Paris Agreement today comes just three days before the start of COP22 when global leaders will next have the opportunity to discuss policy options to curb emissions.” Baker noted. “The GRFA encourages government leaders to strengthen their national climate plans submitted at COP21 to take advantage of opportunities to increase the use of biofuels in the transport sector.” he added.
The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting biofuel friendly policies internationally. Alliance members represent over 90% of global biofuels productions. Through the development of new technologies and best practices, Alliance members are committed to producing renewable fuels with the smallest possible footprint.
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