Between the 3rd and 14th of December 2018, the COP 24 will take place in Katowice, Poland. It aims at finalizing the guidelines for fully operationalizing the Paris Agreement reached during the COP 24. 2018 is indeed the deadline set up during the COP 21 to fully implement the Paris Agreement. Key topics for the Katowice Summit will therefore be to reach this goal through these remaining issues:
- Adoption of the Rule Book for the Paris Agreement: The Agreement already came into force but still needs an “instruction manual” to decide how it will be implemented and how Member States’ commitments will be verified.
- Supporting developing countries in reaching their climate change commitments through dedicated funding. This issue proved to be particularly difficult during the COP 23. As a consequence, an additional meeting had already been planned for September 2018 (between the 4th and the 9th) in Bangkok in order to conclude the remaining discussions of the COP 23 related to the financing plan.
- Loss and damages associated with climate change impacts, which is a mechanism assisting developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.
- Talanoa Dialogue established during the COP 23 and consisting of a meeting aimed at sharing ideas, skills and experience through stakeholders’ storytelling.
This Conference will also draw a collective progress report of the national climate commitments regarding their carbon emissions’ reduction. The Negotiating States will finally discuss the implementation of the just transition principle of the Paris Agreement.
After this Conference, two critical political summits will occur: the Petersberg Dialogue and the China-UE-Canada ministerial meeting, which will be key to enhance the political agreements that will be reached in Katowice.
In this context, Public services’ providers support ambitious climate action. They are committed through their business culture and their sectors of activity and operate on the basis of sustainability, taking into account its environmental aspects, as well as its economic and social dimensions.
Mitigation policies should take a comprehensive approach and be structured around resource efficiency and decarbonisation. Public services’ sectors such as transport, telecommunications, energy, waste management and water treatment, as well as R&D have an important mitigation potential. Adaption policies should be seen as complementary to mitigation policies as they provide measures needed to tackle the negative consequences due to climate change. Adaptation measures should include the protection of infrastructures in order to increase their resilience. The implications of climate change on sectors such as water, energy and transport, need to be urgently considered.
As for the decent work agenda, CEEP members, public services’ providers, have a strong potential for quality job creation in the midst of this adaptation toward a more sustainable use of energy. At their scale, public services’ providers can contribute, by highlighting the added value of green jobs and further promoting them.
The transition, to be just, needs to be implemented at the local and regional levels through Social Dialogue. Some regions are facing more challenges than others; and it is important for local and regional governments and for social partners to come together and collectively implement roadmaps supporting communities and workers affected by change.
Climate change policies cannot ignore the investment challenge. There is a strong economic case for investing in climate action as this will create the sustainable growth and jobs Europe needs. In order to unleash the full potential of investments in climate-friendly solutions, private investment needs to be underpinned by public investment.
We urgently need to build ownership and decentralise how we manage the transition in Europe. The COP 24 will give a reinforced visibility to the issue but if we want enterprises, workers and authorities to effectively work together we can get inspiration from good examples of tripartism and encourage Member States to further develop them.