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12 Jan 2016

Madeleine Cuff, Business Green

"The hard work starts now": The Paris Agreement, one month on

…[T]he consensus reached in Paris is only the first step…The Paris text was adopted by consensus at COP 21, and now each country needs to individually ratify the agreement…The Paris Agreement won't come into effect until 2020, but many campaigners, politicians and businesses are keen to using the momentum generated from the recent talks to spur early action…[T]here are…key events happening…for business leaders to stress the importance of keeping to their Paris commitments. The first is the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum…[N]ational governments will also be under increasing pressure to align their domestic policies with emissions reductions plans…Nick Molho from the Aldersgate Group…argues…"The key thing for business will be how attractive the domestic policy proposals are in the context of a global economy that is going low-carbon,"…Yet the achievements at COP21 have inspired a new optimism many…are determined to maintain…