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Next Steps for Climate Action

Next Steps for Climate Action

What will happen to global greenhouse gas emissions if all countries keep their climate promises? What will happen if countries fall short - and which existing climate solutions could be used more widely?
Kuva: Minna Hemmilät

Presentation material can be found here.

The “emissions gap” between the targets in the Paris Agreement and current pledges by countries shows there is a pressing need to accelerate efforts. Solutions exist, but what are the next steps for the EU, Finland and our cities and municipalities?

At the event the next steps for climate action were discussed with the release of three new hot-off-the-press reports:

  • The UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019 assesses the emissions associated with current pledges by countries and the emission targets compliant with the Paris Agreement. In short, the gap between “where we are likely to be and where we need to be”.
  • Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019 offers a view on how the Nordic countries are progressing towards a carbon-neutral society by highlighting larger trends and presenting cases where Nordic solutions could have a global impact.
  • Nordic Green to Scale for Cities and Communities presents proven climate solutions applied by Nordic cities and municipalities. The analysis shows how much emissions could be reduced with 14 solutions if they were implemented more widely in the Nordic countries, and showcases the monetary costs or savings associated with the solutions’ implementation.

Programme

11.00-11.45

Light lunch and coffee

11.45

Opening words

Mari Pantsar, Director, Carbon-neutral circular economy, Sitra
11.55

WHAT’S THE BIG PICTURE?

UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2019

Dr. Takeshi Kuramochi, Senior climate policy researcher, New Climate Institute
 12.25

IF CLEAN ENERGY IS THE KEY, HOW ARE WE DOING? 

Tracking Nordic Clean Energy Progress 2019

Kevin Johnsen, Senior adviser, Nordic Energy Research
 12.45

HOW COULD CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES LEAD THE WAY? 

Nordic Green to Scale for Cities and Communities

Oras Tynkkynen, Senior advisor, Sitra
Mariko Landström, Specialist, Sitra
13.05

THE NEXT STEPS AND HOW TO SUPPORT THEM – panel discussion in Finnish

Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
Jyri Seppälä, Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production, Finnish Environment Institute
Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku
Moderator: Janne Peljo, Project Director, Sitra
13.35

Questions

13.55

Concluding remarks

14.00

Programme ends at 14.00

The room is available for discussions until 14.30.

Why attend?

  • Learn the key insights from three new international analyses.
  • Identify the vital next steps for the EU, Finland and cities and municipalities in fighting climate change.

For whom?

  • Anyone interested in climate, energy and sustainable cities will find food for thought.

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