Isabelle Kocher at COP22: “Affordable solar for all is our best option to tackle emission issues”

Speech of Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE and Chairperson of the Terrawatt Initiative during the COP22 Side Event “Solar@COP” in Marrakech, the 15th of November.

Terrawatt Initiative is a global non-profit organization, bringing together governments, investors, energy suppliers, NGOs and citizens to promote competitive solar power as a decisive tool to address power needs, sustainable development goals and climate change.

The Paris Agreement on Climate is now our law, a universal law to keep “a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels”.

Global temperature rise is a function of the quantity of greenhouse gases (GHG) in particular CO2 in the atmosphere.

Experts say that if we want to have a reasonable chance to remain at 2°C – which is above the Paris Agreement objectives - the concentration of CO2 must not cross the 450 ppm line at the end of the century, knowing that we have crossed this year 400 ppm, starting from 280 ppm during the preindustrial era.
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