120 states to triple renewable energy

At the World Climate Conference, almost 120 countries already support the goal of tripling energy production from renewable sources by 2030. “I call on all countries to take action as quickly as possible,” Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, President of the United Arab Emirates’ World Climate Conference, said in Dubai on Saturday. About 120 countries have already signed.

In addition to the renewable energy target, almost 120 countries, including EU countries, have committed to increasing the energy efficiency rate from around two percent to more than four percent by 2030. This means less energy will be needed to produce goods or services.

“The promise of more than 100 countries to promote the deployment of renewable energies such as solar, wind and hydro while also using energy economically will be welcomed,” Greenpeace Austria said. At the same time, this decision needs to be included in the negotiation document along with the commitment to phase out fossil fuels. “Only then can the climate conference in Dubai be successful,” said Greenpeace climate and energy expert Jasmin Duregger.

However, what is controversial is whether states will agree to phase out coal, oil and natural gas on a global scale at the World Climate Conference. Host Al Jaber introduced a declaration signed by 50 oil and gas companies stating that they want to make their operations climate neutral by 2050 at the latest. Germanwatch described it as “greenwashing in its purest form”. The statement completely ignores supply chain emissions, even though they account for 80 to 90 percent of total emissions. The so-called decarbonization agreement also received criticism from Greenpeace Austria. “The last thing the world needs is another empty promise from the oil and gas industry to improve. Instead, governments should put the fossil fuel industry in its place. This requires a commitment to phase out and ban coal, oil and gas in Dubai. In Austria about more fossil drilling,” said climate and energy expert Duregger.



Source: Vienna


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