In a new report, “Undiplomatic Action: A practical guide to the new politics and geopolitics of climate change,” David Victor and Bruce Jones write:
“Without confidence in new technologies and the policy and investment support that follows from that confidence, even the most advanced and elaborated global diplomatic agreements can only produce an ever-wider chasm between stated goals and realistically achievable outcomes.”
They contend that “real world” actions on the ground, not global goals, will drive energy transitions at the local level and in the private sector.
In the paper, they outline four key factors they believe matter even more than the global agreement:
- Facilitate leadership through small groups
- Focus on near-term emissions reductions
- Invest in technological innovation
- Demonstrate success and enable better governance