According to official announcements, Germany and Saudi Arabia will ratify the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016.
The German parliament is currently reviewing the country’s new climate plan and, addressing the annual Petersburg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel who says the country is entering a new phase, where renewables will be the most important pillar of energy generation, states the plan is due to be approved in the coming weeks.
The climate plan bill would enable Germany to complete the ratification process of the Paris Agreement before the next Conference of Parties in Morocco in November.
Vis a vis Germany’s announcement, Saudi Arabian oil minister, Khalid al-Falih also announced his expectation for the Kingdom to ratify the Agreement before the major COP22 United Nations climate summit in November.
On the word of its Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, India has also started the domestic process for ratifying the deal.
55 countries representing at least 55% of global emissions need to complete the ratification process in order for it to be activated. Also, all members of the EU need to ratify the agreement before the whole of EU presents its ratification to the UN as one block.
But experts have raised concerns that the EU might not be able to achieve the task anytime soon. If the EU doesn’t formally join the agreement before the end of the year, further pressure will be placed on the rest of the world to ratify and bring the deal into effect.
All fingers are crossed as we await the announcement of the beginning of “the Paris era,” as countries will meet for the next round of climate negotiations in Marrakech at the end of the year.