On Monday, Todd Stern gave his take for expectations and goals for the COP16 climate conference starting next week in Cancun, Mexico. Stern spoke at a press conference at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, DC. Stern is the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change.
According to recent statements, despite setbacks in climate and energy policy in Congress since last year’s Copenhagen conference, the U.S. will maintain its essential goal of roughly a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 2005 levels by 2020. Read on-the-ground reporting we did last year of a briefing Stern gave in Copenhagen explaining the U.S. position in international climate negotiations.