Covid-19 and Global Carbon Emissions: A glimpse of the challenge of reaching the Paris climate commitments

Date released: Nov 10 2020

 

10 November 2020: Dr Josep (Pep) Canadell, the Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Climate Science Centre and the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action.  This will take place on Wednesday 11th November and will be held completely online, for the first time.

In this public lecture, Dr Canadell will discuss trends and budgets of the main greenhouse gases, the impacts of Covid-19, and what it means for reaching the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement. He will discuss some of the biggest challenges in decarbonising certain sectors of the economy, and the opportunities that both Covid-19 and further technological innovation can bring to reach the temperature targets. He will particularly discuss the role of land-based climate mitigation.

Dr Canadell commented;

“The challenge to stabilise the climate is formidable, but where global warming stops is still largely our own choice.”

Laura Burke, EPA Director General said;

“As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic response in Ireland, as elsewhere, there was less traffic on the roads, industrial activities were wholly or partially shut down, offices emptied, most aircraft were grounded, and many people were restricted to their homes and local area. This has led to lower emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, lower generation of waste in some sectors and an overall reduced impact on the environment.   While the decrease in emissions is to be welcomed, these are expected to be only temporary reductions, and have come at a huge cost to our economy and society. 
We are delighted to welcome Dr Pep Canadell, to deliver the EPA’s climate change lecture and to hear his perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in delivering the sustainable and lasting reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions required to meet our commitments under the Paris Agreement.”

This free event requires registration, and places can be booked at https://ti.to/epa/epa-climate-change-lecture-series.

The event will also be live streamed at https://crowdcomms.com/epaclimatelecture to all who register.

All enquiries should be addressed to climatelecture@gowest.ie. 

People can also follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateLecture2020.

Further information: Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or media@epa.ie

Notes to Editor
Dr Canadell is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Climate Science Centre. He is also the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project which provides annual updates on greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Pep has been involved with the IPCC for the last 15 years in the areas of global biogeochemistry and land use and land use change, and has a broad understanding of climate, land use issues and policy.

The EPA, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action will host a public lecture on Covid-19 and Global Carbon Emissions: A glimpse of the challenge of reaching the Paris Climate Commitments.  The event will focus on:

  1. The latest Global Carbon Budget analysis; include the impacts of Covid-19;
  2. Description of what is needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement in terms of emission reduction and terrestrial removals to 2050;
  3. Discussion on the alignment of managed terrestrial removals with national policies;
  4. What can we realistically expect from nature based solutions (forestry, land management) to meet our goals?

For all who register, the event will be available to live stream at:

https://crowdcomms.com/epaclimatelecture

Title:  Covid-19 and Global Carbon Emissions: A glimpse of the challenge of reaching the Paris climate commitments?
About the Speaker: Dr Canadell is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Climate Science Centre in Australis.  He is also the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project which provides annual updates on greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Pep has been involved with the IPCC for the last 15 years in the areas of global biogeochemistry and land use and land use change, and has a broad understanding of climate, land use issues and policy.
Date/Time: Wednesday 11th November 20120. Event opens 7.15pm and concludes 8.30pm