Will There or Won’t There be a Climate Deal?

Last week, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, kicked off in Paris with some news from global business leaders. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other corporate leaders launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, investing billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. Scores of other big companies made significant carbon reduction and clean energy commitments over the past week as well, including Google and Monsanto.

Corporations use a substantial amount of the world’s energy resources, so their actions matter. Many people will extoll that companies are leading the way in the the effort to reduce global emissions. Others will say companies could and should be doing more.

While these large corporations received much attention, let us not forget that the fate of COP21 lies in the hands of the governments. COP21 is ultimately a climate negotiation where delegates from more than 190 countries will hash out a global climate deal in an attempt to halt the impacts of global warming.

As COP21 enters the second week, there is a draft climate change agreement on the table. While the corporate leaders are making headlines, they are not in the room negotiating the deal. The fate of this deal is squarely in the hands of the delegates.

Will they succeed and get a meaningful deal done or will this COP end in failure just as recent climate deals have?

I don’t know – I won’t be in the room either – but several of my VOX colleagues and I are in Paris to get a front row seat for the action. Follow @VOXGlobal, @alexhahn, @TonySustain and @KevinAMaley on Twitter this week for news and analysis of what we are seeing and hearing on the ground in Paris.

Will There or Won’t There be a Climate Deal?

Last week, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, kicked off in Paris with some news from global business leaders. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other corporate leaders launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, investing billions of dollars in clean energy research and development. Scores of other big companies made significant carbon reduction and clean energy commitments over the past week as well, including Google and Monsanto.
Corporations use a substantial amount of the world’s energy resources, so their actions matter. Many people will extoll that companies are leading the way in the the effort to reduce global emissions. Others will say companies could and should be doing more.
While these large corporations received much …

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