In a video statement at the Austrian World Summit in Vienna, Antonio Guterres made a cool assessment of the planet’s outlook. “Climate commitments in most countries are simply not enough,” he said.
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The UN Secretary-General condemned the new funding for fossil fuel exploration, described it as “delusional,” and called for the abandonment of fossil fuel funding.
In a video remark at the Austrian World Summit in Vienna, Antonio Guterres presented a cool assessment of the planet’s outlook.
“The energy crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine saw a dangerous doubling of fossil fuels by major economies,” he said Tuesday.
“War has strengthened the sneaky lesson. Our energy mix is broken,” Guterres said. “If you had invested heavily in renewable energy in the past, you shouldn’t be at the mercy of the instability of the fossil fuel market now.”
Concerns related to both energy conversion and energy security have been sharply mitigated at both prices by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. oil When gas It has been increasing rapidly in the last few months.
Russia is an important supplier of both, and many major economies have developed plans to reduce their dependence on hydrocarbons in recent months. This desire to move away from Russian imports has led to some difficult situations.
May, European Commission Reify the details of the plan Increase EU renewable energy capacity and reduce Russia’s reliance on fossil fuels. At the same time, he acknowledged that existing coal facilities may have to be used “longer than originally expected.”
Coal has a significant impact on the environment, and the US Energy Information Administration lists the range of emissions from its combustion. These include carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.
Elsewhere, Greenpeace describes coal as “the dirtiest and most polluted way to produce energy.”
In his speech at the summit in Vienna, Guterres of the United Nations emphasized the “unfavorable prices” that businesses and households are currently experiencing. “Our world is facing climate turmoil,” he added.
“The exploration of fossil fuels and new funding for production infrastructure is paranoid,” he said. “It only furthers the tragedy of war, pollution and climate catastrophe.”
The former Prime Minister of Portugal also called on “all financial players to abandon fossil fuel finance” and invest in renewable energy instead.
“The only true path to energy security, stable electricity prices, prosperity, and a livable planet is to abandon polluted fossil fuels, especially coal, and accelerate energy transitions based on renewable energy. “He said.
Guterres argued that the source of renewable energy was the “21 Peace Plans.”st He argued that “the transition to renewable energy will begin in a hurry.”
This includes three times the investment in renewable energy, the transition of energy subsidies from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and the rapid approval of wind and solar projects.
Regarding the future of the planet, Guterres called for an urgent rally.
“The windows to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis are closing rapidly,” he said. “Our planet has already warmed up to 1.2 degrees.”
“To be able to reach the 1.5 degree target, we need to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by the middle of the century. However, according to current national commitments, this It will lead to an increase of almost 14% in 10 years. “
Guteres’ reference to 1.5 degrees Celsius is related to the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming “much lower than pre-industrial levels, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius.” increase.
In support of a recent report from the International Energy Agency, he also said that 2021 saw global energy-related CO2 emissions. Jump 6% in 2021. “Let me be frank,” he said. “Climate change commitments in most countries are simply not enough.”
Guterres’ comments represent his latest intervention in discussions about the future of climate change and the energy sector.
In March, he said the planet emerged with “some naive optimism” from last year’s COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. And it was “sleepwalking to the catastrophe of the climate”.
In the same speech, he also said that coal is “a stupid investment, bringing billions of dollars to stranded assets.”