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Reports 12 Nov 2015

Leadership on Climate Change: COP21 & Beyond

A GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey

By Chris Guenther and Aiste Brackley

In December 2015, the governments of more than 190 nations will convene at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris to negotiate a new international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

We asked global experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia to share their expectations for the COP21 meeting and provide insights about the role of various actors and climate strategies post-2015. While the overwhelming majority believe COP21 will produce a new international agreement, fewer than one- third are confident that it will have binding powers. These results reflect measured expectations for the meeting, likely a result of past disappointments, but also an overall poor track record of most institutions on climate change, which respondents noted in the survey.

624 qualified sustainability experts completed the online questionnaire from September 15th to October 10th, 2015 and respondents were drawn from: corporate, government, non-governmental, academic/research, service/media, and other organizations.

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