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Media Statement: UN Releases Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a Synthesis Report that distils and integrates the findings of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report—the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken. Today’s report concludes that most of the world’s electricity supply would need to be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050 to avoid the worst impacts of climate disruption.

The following remarks may be attributed to Merran Smith, director of Clean Energy Canada:

“The science is crystal-clear: Clean energy is an essential ingredient in the world’s efforts to tackle climate change.”

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we need to bring far more clean power in the world’s electricity mix than we see today. In scenarios that offer a fair shot at avoiding serious climate disruption, low-carbon power grows from providing 30 per cent of the world’s electricity today to more than 80 per cent by 2050.

“Global investments in clean power are already significant, but the science tells us they need to grow quickly — and that the longer we delay, the tougher the transition will be.

“Canada has a strong foundation in clean energy, but we’re only scratching the surface of our potential. Our governments and companies must take the IPCC’s findings to heart and strengthen their commitment to clean energy.”

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