Thursday, October 21, 2021

US envoy says climate summit could deliver ‘huge progress’

MILAN (WNN) – US climate envoy John Kerry said on Saturday he thinks “huge progress” can be made in the upcoming UN climate talks in Scotland, but that more governments will come with concrete commitments in the next 30 days. needed.

Kerry attended a preparatory meeting in Milan where delegates from around the world tried to identify where progress could be made ahead of the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on 31 October.

The 12-day summit aims to secure more ambitious commitments to limit global warming to below 2 °C, with the goal of keeping it to 1.5 °C compared to pre-industrial levels. The event also focuses on raising funding and protecting vulnerable communities and natural habitats.

Kerry said, “The bottom line is, guys, as we stand here today, we believe we can make enormous progress in Glasgow, moving quickly toward the new goals that science is telling us to achieve. should do.” This means reducing carbon emissions by 45% over the next 10 years.

“This is the pivotal decade,” Carey said.

Former US Senator and Secretary of State Kerry said countries representing 55% of the world’s GDP – Britain, Canada, Japan, the United States and 27 EU members – have submitted plans to hit the 1.5° target . By reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But the US diplomat also noted that the 89 new national submissions ahead of the summit will cut emissions by only 12%, and the sum of all 191 submissions as they are currently written will drop by 16% between now and 2030. will increase emissions.

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Kerry declined to single out any countries, but said there are ways to achieve lower emissions that are not so expensive, including streamlining the power grid and making transmission more efficient.

China is the world’s largest emitter, and the United States ranks second. Kerry said US President Joe Biden had “constructive” talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the subject. Kerry also highlighted the commitments by India’s leader to install 450 GW of renewable energy over the next decade.

“Glasgow, my friend, is just around the corner. It is the race of centuries and the beginning of the race of this decade.” “All countries have to sprint and join together to understand that we are all in this together.” “This is the highest level of test of collective multilateralism I have seen in my public career,” Kerry said.

The European Commissioner for Climate Action, Frans Timmermann, separately underscored the importance of meeting a $100 billion annual funding commitment for particularly vulnerable countries during 2020-2025, pressing for which youth activists previously met in Milan inserted.

Timmermans said going forward funding needs will draft that amount and that public funding alone will not be able to cover the projected price tag, which runs into the trillions.

“We need to change, and we need to change fundamentally and we need to change fast. It’s going to be bloody hard. It’s bad news,” Timmerman said.

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