The Paris Climate Change Agreement

Welcome to the CMS page on the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, a significant political and diplomatic achievement. Delivering expert commentary on key legal issues ahead of the December 2015 Climate Change conference and since the Paris Agreement, the CMS page provides analysis on the content reached together with our thoughts on opportunities and issues arising for various sectors and their investors.

The principal objective of the Paris Agreement is to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels….”.

The Agreement has wide ranging implications for businesses worldwide, the full range of which will become clearer as efforts are made towards implementing the Agreement. We explore some of these implications and themes in our coverage on the Paris Agreement and COP21 below. To speak to us about the implications or opportunities which the Paris Agreement may present for you, please contact one of the named individuals below.

Expert Commentary

Useful background links

Paris Agreement as adopted The proposal for the adoption of the Paris Agreement as adopted on 12 December 2015

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the United Nations Secretariat responsible for supporting the operation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change)

Climate Action Tracker (provides an up-to-date assessment and rating of submitted INDCs)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN scientific intergovernmental body responsible for producing reports that support the UNFCCC) 

International Energy Agency (intergovernmental organisation which focuses on global energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement)

Paris Information Hub (dedicated UNFCCC website for COP21)


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