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1 ”Understanding and influencing global politics towards Copenhagen and beyond” Comments by Anders Wijkman at Ny-Ålesund Symposium 2009.

2 1.Financial crisis 2.Climate crisis 3.Ecosystem/Natural resources crisis 4.Peak oil All these crises have the same roots, unsustainable use of resources – in the economic system and in Nature. 2/3 of major ecosystems used beyond capacity Climate change and resource constraints will affect our economies negatively, will aggravate poverty in many developing countries and may lead to serious conflicts Several parallel crises:

3 Just as a few lonely economists warned us we were living beyond our financial means and overdrawing our financial assets, scientists are warning us that we’re living beyond our ecological means and overdrawing our natural assets,” argues Glenn Prickett, senior vice president at Conservation International. But, he cautioned, as environmentalists have pointed out: “Mother Nature doesn’t do bailouts.” Thomas Friedman in New York Times, march 2009.

4 We created a way of raising standards of living that we can’t possibly pass on to our children,” said Joe Romm, a physicist and climate expert who writes the indispensable blog We have been getting rich by depleting all our natural stocks — water, hydrocarbons, forests, rivers, fish and arable land — and not by generating renewable flows Thomas Friedman in New York Times, march 2009

5 Human growth 20/80 dilemma Ecosystems 60 % loss dilemma Climate 550/450/350 dilemma Surprise 99/1 dilemma ”The Quadruple Squeeze”


7 The Planetary Response to global change drivers (Steffen et al., 2004) From: Steffen et al. 2004 The Planetary Response 1900 1950 2000 CO 2, N 2 O, CH 4 concentrations Overfishing Land degradation Loss of Biodiversity Water Depletion Unsustainable consumption …..

8 Climate Change 325 ppm CO 2 < 1W m 2 (300 – 350 ppm CO 2 ; 1-1.5 W m 2 )) Ocean acidification Aragonite saturation ratio < 20 % below pre- industrial levels Ozone depletion < 5 % of Pre-Industrial 290 DU (0 - 10%) Global Freshwater Use <4000 km 3 /yr (4000 – 6000 km 3 /yr) Biodiversity Loss < 10 E/MSY Biogeochemical loading: Global N & P Cycles Limit industrial fixation of N 2 to 35 Tg N yr -1 P < 20 % inflow to Oceans Atmospheric Aerosol Loading To be determined Land System Change ≤15 % of land under crops Chemical Pollution Plastics, Endocrine Desruptors, Nuclear Waste Emitted globally To be determined Planetary Boundaries

9 Rethink economic policy framework Financial Crisis and Environmental Crisis have same roots - unsustainable use of resources Externalities overwhelm us; there are boundary conditions for human development we have to respect Beyond GDP – Stiglitz Commission an opportunity, but research needed Take Nature into account – loss of tropical forests = 2-5 trillion US p a Implement PPP Discountingof future values critical issue In the EU: Merge Lisbon and SDS strategies Reform business models

10 Global 2ºC pathways and their risks

11 Challenges for Copenhagen: Mitigation – minimum 40-50 % GHG reductions for Annex 1 countries to 2020; significantly lower GHG pathways than BAU for non-Annex 1 Emissions reduction target for 2050 – 70-80% reduction needed to meet 2° target Special problem: how to promote forest protection? Adaptation – 20-50 billion US p a from 2013; kick-start by funding NAPA:s now Technology cooperation – in addition to CDM, JI etc Include ecosystems protection Funding? – most natural would be PPP, e g auctioning revenues, tax on bunker fuels, aviation etc

12 EU energy/climate package 20% GHG reduction to 2020 – unilateral 20% Renewables, binding 20% Energy Efficiency improvement Reformed ETS Stricter CO2 standards for vehicles (120 g/km) CCS – 12 demo-plants Buildings directive Eco-design directive Global Climate Change Alliance, but limited funding Readiness to move to 30% reduction in the event of international deal in Copenhagen

13 Negotiations not encouraging so far Proposals on the table far away from what is needed – will result in 3-4° warming Perception seems to be that incremental change will do North/South distrust Financial issues so far no progress Negotiators don´t discuss what stabilisation requires – rather what is politically possible EU has provided leadership so far – but that is put into question now?

14 Put a price on Carbon ”Cap and Trade” or CO2 tax In theory, ”Cap and Trade” the most effective In reality, CO2 tax easier to implement Many good experiences w CO2 tax, such as Sweden, where CO2 tax in 1991 lead to phasing out of fossil fuels in heating of buildings A lot of prestige invested in ”Cap and Trade” Is a CO2 tax at all possible in the US? One problematic issue is how to incentivise investments over the long-term?

15 Experience w ETS Lots of problems during starting phase - overallocation - permits allocated for free; windfall profits - what to include? – transport missing Reform issues: - cap must be signif lowered - permits to be auctioned – but EU decision december 2008 disapp! - flanking measures to give technology push - Environment Performance Standards as parallel measure - Should forest credits be included? - How link to other ”cap and trade” regimes? - The degree of flexibility? – how much CDM?

16 Non-ETS activities – regulation a must! Energy efficiency, Renewables Land-use R&D Strengthen ecosystems in general

17 Efficiency: Buildings White certificates Cars Tyres, eco-driving etc Electric equipment/Eco-design Manufacturing Resource efficiency Global standards

18 Future global power generation capacity GW Source:IEA; McKinsey analysis Power supply yet to be built ****** 2030 capacity yet to be built 7% Existin g capacit y 23%

19 Renewables: EU objective: 20% of energy mix in 2020 (8,5% today) – binding target Trade between MS Green certificates or feed-in tariffs

20 Land-use Agriculture, incl meat production, low tillage etc Forests – avoided deforestation, reforestation Bio-fuels – Obs sustainability criteria Bio-char

21 Energy R&D Long neglected Share of public funding for Energy R&D has gone down significantly since 1980 – must be multiplied Many promising areas, like solar cells and solar thermal, off-shore wind, wave, sea currents, fuel cells, electric cars, 2nd generation biofuels, biogas, low- energy housing etc CCS special issue – needed but too much used as alibi to continue BAU How to guarantee investments? – floor price on oil Who is investing in alternatives?

22 Private-sector R&D is increasingly focused on projects with short-term payoffs. Source: IEA Databases, Doornbosch, et al., 2008 Public Energy R&D in IEA Countries

23 History of US Federal Government R&D JFK Apollo Program Carter Energy Program Reagan “Star Wars” Program Homeland Security

24 Optimism the only possible attitude Distrust must be addressed – requires commitments both on mitigation and adaptation; start adaptation NOW 2/3 of power generation and buildings in 2030 still to be built Mitigation saves money Already huge opportunities to use energy more efficiently Financial Crisis an opportunity; Rethink economic growth Contraction and convergence OK as principle but China already beyond per capita GHG target for 2050 Most important is to put a price on Carbon Land use issues critical Develop mechanisms for technology cooperation Long term: Science – Policy Gap must be bridged

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