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Environmental Quality Committee

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Update

March ILR -

The Environmental Quality Committee will soon welcome students from Washington University in St Louis and Beth Martin, their professor, for a special presentation on the Climate Change Conference in Morocco. Come to the General Meeting on April 6 at 3:30 PM at the League Office to hear their experiences at the conference and learn more about the international process to tackle climate change.

In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change, as a vehicle for international cooperation to combat climate change by limiting average global temperature increases that result in climate change and to cope with inevitable impacts of climate change.

By 1995, countries launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change, and, two years later, adopted the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed country parties to emission reduction targets. The Protocol's first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012. The second commitment period began on 1 January 2013 and will end in 2020.

There are now 197 parties to the Convention and 192 parties to the Kyoto Protocol.

The 2015 Paris Agreement, adopted in Paris on 12 December 2015, marks the latest step in the evolution of the UN climate change regime and builds on the work undertaken by the Convention. The Paris Agreement charts a new course in the global effort to combat climate change.

The Paris Agreement seeks to accelerate and intensify the actions and investment needed for a sustainable low-carbon future. Its central aim is to strengthen the global response to the climate change threat via these goals: (1) to restrict the global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and (2) to pursue efforts to further limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement also aims to strengthen countries' ability to deal with the impacts of climate change.

The first session of the Conference of the Parties (CMA 1) met in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016. This gathering marked the first meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement; the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties, serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP12); and the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) 22.

The Conference successfully demonstrated to the world that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is underway and the constructive spirit of multilateral cooperation on climate change continues.

by Mickey Croyle and the Environmental Quality Committee

Action

February ILR -

WHAT: Hearing of the St. Louis Building Commission on the future of energy efficiency standards for new residential buildings

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 8 at 1pm

WHERE: St. Louis County Government Building, 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

WHO: The Sierra Club and St. Louis Energy Coalition

On Wednesday, February 8, come to the hearing that could determine the future of St. Louis County's energy efficiency standards for new residential buildings.

St. Louis County has the opportunity to adopt the most up-to-date energy efficiency building code for new residential buildings (2015 IECC). Unfortunately, special interest groups, like the St. Louis Home Builders Association, are lobbying for the removal of key energy efficiency measures. Commonsense cost-effective measures, like programmable thermostats, blower door testing and duct test, have been removed from the proposed codes.

Luckily - this proposal can be changed. WE NEED YOU in Clayton to protect energy efficiency in our community!

If this proposal is accepted, new homeowners will have less efficient homes which will cost an additional $125/yr on electricity bills! While the rest of the world is preparing for the future, St. Louis County is on the verge of moving backwards.

WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN. When communities invest in energy efficiency, benefits include: the creation of local jobs, reducing energy costs for families and reducing health costs from respiratory disease such as asthma and allergies.