In 2015, the Paris Agreement ensured global commitments were made to reach net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century to limit global warming to 1.5°C and minimize its negative impacts on the ecosystem. In this context, the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has set a mechanism on the formulation and communication of long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies (LT-LEDS) to achieve targets set in the Paris Agreement.
On the 17th of December, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will bring together global leaders and experts to discuss the importance of long-term energy scenarios (LTES) in guiding ambitious climate objectives, and how to better align LTES with the Paris Agreement through LT-LEDS.
Long-term energy scenarios (LTES) are effective tools for policy makers to agree on how to achieve ambitious goals. While LTES have been used for decades to guide energy policy, the great energy and socio-economic transformation that the net-zero emissions target entails pushes the boundaries of LTES further. IRENA has been facilitating the dialogues among the LTES practitioners in the government sector under the LTES Campaign and Network.