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WDDE: UD professor hopes to influence climate policy at COP21

Monday marks the first day of the Paris climate talks, as leaders from all over the world come together to discuss taking action on climate change. University of Delaware professor and head of UD’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy John Byrne will be among the experts taking part. In Paris, he'll recommend a couple of goals he feels the U.S. should adopt to mitigate climate change risks.

First, he says energy consumption needs to be 50 percent more efficient by 2030. Second, he says 15 to 20 percent of energy should come from solar by 2050.

“Those kinds of targets until now have been mostly implemented by national government action, which has been slow," said Byrne.

Instead, he recommends engaging states and cities to try and meet those targets faster.