U.N. COP23 closes with 19-country announcement for biofuel targets

November 19, 2017 |

In Germany, the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, with 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, announcing a formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to construct an action plan to achieve them. The U.S. is no longer part of the platform since withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.

“Sustainable biofuels can provide solutions to the energy transport nexus. This partnership offers us that chance,” said Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in the UN press release.

Participants also focused on how to maintain momentum two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in the context of the announcement by the United States of its decision to withdraw from the accord earlier this year. A week before COP23’s opening, the World Meteorological Organization announced that CO2 levels in the atmosphere surged at “record-breaking speed” to new highs in 2016.

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